LOS ANGELES — A Green Val­ley plumber who collected thous­ands of images and online videos of child pornography, in­clu­ding some depicting children under the age of two, was sen­tenced Friday to six years behind bars and will re­main under federal supervision for the rest of his life.

Richard Celestino pleaded guil­ty in July to possession of child pornography, admitting that he used a peer-to-peer file-sharing net­work to distribute and possess more than 8,000 illicit images and videos.

Prior to describing some of the “horrific” sadomasochistic imag­ery the 48-year-old defendant col­lect­ed, U.S. District Judge Percy An­der­son warned potentially squeam­ish audience members to leave the courtroom. Nobody left, but it was clear later on that a few probably wished they had.

During the 90-minute hearing in Los Angeles federal court, An­der­son noted that each time child por­nography is circulated online, it perpetuates the abuse and re­vic­timizes those pictured.

“This, unfortunately, is not a unique conviction in this district,” the judge said from the bench, ad­ding that Celestino had a “long his­tory” of involvement in trading and collecting the illegal material.

Added Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathy Yu: “You don’t just stumble on 8,000 videos and images.”

Along with the federal prison sen­tence and lifetime registration as a sex offender, Celestino must pay a $5,000 special assessment pur­su­ant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, plus restitution, in an amount to be determined, paid to any victims identified in the child pornography.

After Celestino’s attorney un­suc­cess­fully argued for a three-year term, the defendant apol­o­gized “to all the victims whose images I watched on those videos.”

Although not charged with touching any chil­dren, Cel­es­tino was found to be “de­cep­tive” on a poly­­graph ex­am­in­a­tion when ques­tioned about wheth­er he ever had any “act­ual con­tacts” with a child, the judge said. An­der­son also said Cel­es­tino had dem­on­stra­ted a lack of “impulse con­trol” as a result of having viewed child por­nog­raphy months after the search war­rant in the case was executed.

Yu told the court that Cel­­es­tino “either cannot or will not control his im­pulses.”

Sentencing was de­layed Thurs­day for 24 hours to allow the de­fense to con­sid­er a con­di­tion of post-pris­on su­per­vision the judge was planning to im­pose. Cel­es­tino’s lawyer had re­quested a residency re­­stric­­tion allowing his cli­ent to live anywhere after prison that was not “with­­in direct view” of places fre­quented by chil­dren, such as schools or play­grounds.

Anderson refused, de­mand­ing a definitive boun­dary he called a “bright line” requiring that the sex offender live at least 2,000 feet away from schools or playgrounds.

If the defense would not ac­cept such a restriction, the judge said, Celestino was free to withdraw his guil­ty plea and possibly go to trial.

Anderson said that he found “unsettling” any am­big­uity about where Cel­es­tino could live in re­la­tion to children.

“The closer a de­fendant’s residency is to a school, the greater risk of contact with children who walk by,” the judge said. “A residency requirement is warranted by the facts of this case.”

Anderson said that Cel­es­tino would not leave pris­on cured of his urges.

“The issues he suffers from are not easy to over­come,” the judge said. “He’s going to be battling these de­mons probably for the rest of his life.”

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