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A Brownsville man convicted of child pornography said during sentencing that he now understands that obtaining and viewing such obscene material is not a victimless crime.

Christhian Orsonio, 28, told U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen how he didn’t understand why he was charged with a crime when he was arrested because he was not physically hurting people, but he said he now knows his actions contributed to the psychological trauma of the victims of sexual abuse shown in child pornography.

“My only desire is to make amends for my actions,” Orsonio said, before Hanen sentenced him to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Orsonio at his home in February 2016 after investigators learned that child pornography was being downloaded and shared at an IP address associated with his residence.

Orsonio pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography Nov. 17, 2016.

Investigators discovered more than 1,000 images and videos on the man’s computer, including some that contained victims as young as 4 years old, court records show.

During the Tuesday sentencing hearing, Hanen allowed the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, to drop two other counts against Orsonio, which was part of a plea deal.

Orsonio has been on house arrest for about two years and his attorney, Paul G. Hajjar, requested that Orsonio’s sentence begin from when he started house arrest and that the man be sent to a prison where he can further his education.

Hanen said he would recommend sending Orsonio to a prison where he could pursue his education and gave USAO prosecutor Ana Ceclia Cano until the end of the week to respond to the request about beginning the sentence with when Orsonio started house arrest.

During the hearing, Cano told Hanen that there are six known victims of child pornography identified within all of the files Orsonio had obtained.

Hanen ordered Orsonio to pay each victim $5,000.

Only one of the victims in the case had requested that an impact statement be read, but Hanen declined to do so as Orsonio and Hanen already had read the statement, which was from a victim named Vicky.

However, in 2012, during the sentencing hearing for the former Pan Am Airway President Robert Hedrick, who is serving 30 years in prison for child pornography, USAO Prosecutor V. LaTawn Warsaw did read Vicky’s impact statement, which describes how, any time someone downloads images of her being abused, the cycle continues.

“Every time they are downloaded I am exploited again, my privacy is breached and my life feels less and less safe. I will never be able to have control over who sees me raped as a child,” Warsaw said in 2012, reading Vicky’s impact statement. “It’s all out there for the world to see and it can never be removed from the Internet. I only ask that those who have exploited me be brought to justice to hopefully deter some others from doing the same to lessen my shame.”