Temple: Man who coerced minor to pose for child porn sentenced

A Temple man accused of coercing a minor to “engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual images of such activity” received a stiff prison sentence Wednesday. (File)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Temple man accused of coercing a minor from August 2014 to June 2018 to “engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual images of such activity” received a stiff prison sentence Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Shozo “Sho” Tanaka, 51, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for producing and possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney John Bash said.

He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 assessment and to spend the rest of his life on supervised release after he completes the sentence.

“The 40-year sentence imposed in this case is a just punishment for the unconscionable abuse of a child,” Bash said.

“Our office does nothing more important than prosecuting predators to make sure they can never hurt children again.”

Tanaka pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Temple police served a search warrant on Nov. 19, 2018 at his home and seized electronic items and storage devices, a subsequent review of which “revealed numerous videos that contained video footage of the minor victim being sexually assaulted by the defendant,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the press release.

Tanaka was arrested on the day of the search and has remained in custody since.