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O.C. sex offender gets 26 years in child video case

January 9, 2012 |  5:02 pm

A  previously convicted sex offender from Huntington Beach was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to filming an explicit video featuring an 8-year-old girl, authorities said Monday afternoon.

Gary Samuel Cochran, 53, admitted in a plea agreement that he produced sexually explicit videos while on a trip to the beach with the girl and her family in 2007, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said. The office did not specify the connection between Cochran and the family.

Authorities found videos of the girl, as well as hundreds of videos and images of other child pornography, while searching Cochran's home in 2008. Cochran was convicted of child molestation in 1991 in Orange County Superior Court, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

Cochran was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in September to a charge of producing child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, federal authorities said. After completion of his sentence, Cochran will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

"Child sex predators who reoffend can expect to experience the full weight of the law," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of investigations for the federal Immigration Customs and Enforcement office in Los Angeles, which investigated the case.

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