- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A 60-year-old Santa Clara County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing what officials say was one of the largest collections of child pornography ever found in Silicon Valley.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/1xWETM4 ) cites court documents that show Vella admitted he used his computer to download child pornography through a peer-to-peer network and saved the images on hard drives, discs and other digital media.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified 915 known victims from his collection.

Vella has been in federal custody since he pleaded guilty in August. He was sentenced on Tuesday.

After getting out, Vella will have a seven-year period of supervised release, participate in a sex offender treatment program and pay $29,500 in restitution.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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