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Cruise ship worker busted in San Diego for trading child porn

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/News 8) - A Chico man was in custody today after being arrested in San Diego on suspicion of having about 450 photographs of child pornography on a computer and about 250 videos of the same nature, authorities said.

Amado Nicholas Hernandez, 31, was arrested Sunday morning as he arrived on board a cruise ship at the Port of San Diego, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter.

Hernandez was arrested based on information gathered by FBI agents in Sacramento, Slotter said.

Agents began investigating Hernandez last summer after a concerned citizen came to them with a computer he received for free from an estate sale in Chico, Slotter said, adding the computer was thought to be broken.

"The computer was believed to be inoperable and wasn't working at all," said FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

The citizen, a technician, was able to restore the computer, found the child pornography and called law enforcement, according to Slotter.

"When accessing the computer, he discovered there were image of child pornography on the computer," Foxworth told News 8.

Investigators then allegedly linked the residence of the estate sale and the computer to Hernandez.

The criminal complaint filed in federal court indicates Hernandez admitted that he downloaded and possessed child porn, traded it and engaged in online chats.

In some of those chats, according to the complaint, he bragged he enjoyed "rough sex with very young boys," that he has bought young boys for sex in Mexico, and that he "almost offed one once."

Of the child pornography found on the computer, 44 children were depicted, Slotter said.

"Each time those images are viewed, that child is being victimized over and over again," Foxworth said.

Hernandez is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, and may appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge as early as today, according to Slotter.

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