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Registered sex offender admits making sex tape of 8-year-old

September 15, 2011 |  4:34 pm

A registered sex offender from Huntington Beach pleaded guilty Thursday to making child pornography and agreed to serve a 26-year prison term for filming an 8-year-old girl engaged in sex acts.

Gary Samuel Cochran, 53, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography, which carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in federal prison.  In a plea deal filed in United States District Court, Cochran and prosecutors agreed to a 312-month prison sentence.

As part of the plea agreement, Cochran would admit producing sexually explicit videos of the 8-year-old victim while on a trip to the beach with the girl and her family. When investigators searched Cochran’s home in 2008, they reported discovering videos of the girl as well as “hundreds of videos and images depicting what defendant knew was child pornography.”

“Because children are the most precious and vulnerable members of our communities, we will devote everything at our disposal to combat their exploitation,” said United States Atty. Andre Birotte Jr in a statement.

Cochran was previously convicted of child molestation in Orange County Superior Court in 1991.

U.S.District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, however, must agree to the plea deal.  If Pregerson rejects it, either the government or the defendant could back out of the agreement, and the case would go to trial. A hearing is scheduled Nov. 28.

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