HAGERSTOWN, MD – Prosecutors are recommending a five-year prison sentence for a Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to three counts of possession of child pornography.
Christian Alexander Magana, 19, of Beachley Drive also entered an Alford plea to a charge of distribution of child pornography.
An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment by a defendant that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
Magana denied knowingly distributing the pornographic videos by using a file-sharing site, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden told Circuit Judge Viki M. Pauler.
As part of the plea agreement, 17 other distribution and possession charges are to be dismissed.
Pauler ordered a pre-sentence investigation be completed before Magana is sentenced. She also ordered that he undergo a psychological evaluation.
Magana will continue to be held on $100,000 bond pending his sentencing, but he also is being detained on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant.
At his bond-review hearing in June, it was said that Magana is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.
A Spanish-language interpreter was used during the plea hearing.
Magana’s case was investigated by the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Mollett-Gaumer told the judge.
On March 10, 2015, a state trooper downloaded six files from an Internet address linked to Magana using a file-sharing service, according to the application for statement of charges.
Reading from the statement of facts, Mollett-Gaumer said in one video, the victim spoke in an undetermined foreign language, while another video indicated the child in it was from Argentina.