CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER IS SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Joseph Soldano

Charlotte Alerts

This man had child pornography on his phone and asked for more on the Kik instant messaging app

Joseph Soldano, 44, of Gastonia, N.C., was sentenced to 12 years in prison on March 29, 2021 in Charlotte, NC for possession of child pornography. Soldano had been convicted in the past for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl.

The investigation stems from April 2019 when law enforcement determined that Soldano was using the Kik instant messaging application to communicate with another individual about the sexual abuse of minors and to receive images containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Law enforcement visited Soldano’s residence and seized a cell phone. A forensic review of the seized phone revealed that Soldano possessed multiple images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers and infants. Soldano was arrested in April 2019.

On August 18, 2020, Soldano pleaded guilty to possession of material containing child pornography that involved a prepubescent minor. In addition to the prison term imposed, a U.S. District Judge ordered Soldano to serve a lifetime of supervised release, to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison, and to pay $22,000 in special assessment fees and $3,000 as restitution.

At the time he committed the offense Soldano was required to register as a sex offender based on his 2001 conviction of second degree sexual abuse involving an 8-year-old female victim in New York.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood which is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

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