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Man pleads guilty to making child porn involving 13-year-old boy

Pedro RuizAn Inland Empire man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to making child pornography after he filmed his sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy who lived near his residence, prosecutors said. 

Pedro Ruiz, 33, who police say also goes by the name Peter, entered his plea to one count of production of child pornography, which carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.

“Children are the most vulnerable members of our communities, and we are devoted to fighting their exploitation by predators like Ruiz,” said U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. in a statement. “Congress has determined that lengthy prison sentences are warranted when people like Ruiz victimize young children.”

As part of the plea agreement, Ruiz admitted to producing sexually explicit videos and images of a 13-year-old boy, who lived a few houses away, in 2009.

In addition to that boy, FBI agents identified two additional victims. The San Bernardino County district attorney’s office then charged Ruiz with 23 counts of lewd acts upon a child, alleging he molested three victims, including the one in the federal case.

That case is still pending in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Based on additional photos and videos found on Ruiz's computer, authorities believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

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-- Wesley Lowery

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Photo: Pedro Ruiz. Credit: United States attorney's office

 
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