Vancouver man sentenced in child pornography case

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter



A Vancouver man who possessed child pornography was sentenced Monday in Clark County Superior Court to about 2 1/2 years in prison.

Darrell Leonard Velasco, 61, pleaded guilty Aug. 24 to two counts of first-degree possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of methamphetamine.

Google sent a cyber tip about suspected child pornography associated with an account to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in October 2016, which was then forwarded to the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit.

Investigators linked the account to Velasco and through search warrants found he had been sharing child pornography, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officers later searched his home in the 10000 block of Northeast 21st Street in the Burton Ridge neighborhood.

In an interview with investigators, Velasco admitted that the online messages were his and said he once kept a collection of child pornography.

Velasco also admitted to occasionally supplying drugs to close associates. He directed officers to a cabinet in his home, where they found items that tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine, according to court records.

Judge Derek Vanderwood sentenced Velasco to 31 months in prison and 36 months of community custody.

Velasco must register as a sex offender, undergo a psychosexual evaluation and treatment, and is not to have contact with minors or use the internet.