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Ex-Selma police officer sentenced to more than 6 years on child pornography charges

FRESNO, Calif. — A former Selma, Calif., police officer was sentenced Friday to six years and eight months in prison on charges of receiving child pornography stemming from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Upon completion of his prison time, Angel Landin, 46, will also be subject to supervised release for a period of 15 years.

According to court documents, Landin received more than 600 images and videos over the Internet that depicted minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images and videos of minors involved the portrayal of sadistic, masochistic, and other depictions of violence. Many of the children were prepubescent minors.

This case is the result of Operation Direct Connect, an extensive series of investigations by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, that includes ICE HSI and the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

This investigation is part of ICE's Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who sexually exploit children, and the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood (PSC), which marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet.

As part of Operation Predator, ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.