- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man who dressed as Santa Claus and made holiday appearances with youngsters is going to prison for a long time after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography.

A federal judge sentenced Reynaldo Ramirez to 19 years and seven months in prison. He could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison, followed by 20 years of supervised released. He also must register as a sex offender.

The 38-year-old Corpus Christi man pleaded guilty on May 3 in a child porn case involving more than 1,000 images of youngsters on several digital devices. A federal agent also testified that Ramirez admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old child.

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