Jury: East Naples man guilty of child porn charges, faces life in prison

Private investigator John Hisler, who was hired by defense attorney Lee Hollander, looks out of a Collier County courtroom to see if the media is still present before ushering the family of Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca out the door on Thursday. Vilca was found guilty on 454 counts of possessing child pornography. Assistant State Attorney Steve Meresca, background center, answers media questions after the conclusion of Thursday's court proceedings. Michel Fortier/Staff

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Private investigator John Hisler, who was hired by defense attorney Lee Hollander, looks out of a Collier County courtroom to see if the media is still present before ushering the family of Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca out the door on Thursday. Vilca was found guilty on 454 counts of possessing child pornography. Assistant State Attorney Steve Meresca, background center, answers media questions after the conclusion of Thursday's court proceedings. Michel Fortier/Staff

Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca is charged with 454 counts of possessing child pornography.

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Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca is charged with 454 counts of possessing child pornography.

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— A 26-year-old East Naples man could spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted Thursday on 454 counts of possessing and sharing child pornography.

A jury found Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca guilty after deliberating for over two hours, ending the three-day trial.

Dressed in a dark gray suit and blue shirt and tie, Guevara Vilca stared straight ahead without expression as Collier County Circuit Court Judge Fred Hardt read off the hundreds of counts in sets of tens and twenties, along with a guilty verdict for each group of charges.

Guevara Vilca’s mother, Carmen Guevara, who testified Wednesday that multiple family members used her son’s computer, sat directly behind him in the gallery as the conviction was handed down. She declined comment after the trial.

Defense attorney Lee Hollander argued during his summation Thursday that the jury could not discount possible use of the computer by Guevara Vilca’s brother, Carlos.

The defendant, he said, made an effort to rid his computer of the child pornography when he realized what had been downloaded.

“When he saw them, he told Investigator (Scott) Rapisarda that he deleted those. What more is he supposed to do?” Hollander asked the jury.

Guevara Vilca, a native of Peru, was arrested on January 26, 2010. He became the subject of an investigation by Collier County sheriff’s deputies into the online sharing of child pornography. When law enforcement seized a computer from the home he shared with his mother and brother, forensic analysis confirmed the presence of hundreds of sexually explicit photos and videos of children.

During deliberation, the four women and two men on the jury requested from the judge to hear again a taped statement Guevara Vilca made to investigators in which he admits to being the sole user of his computer, to searching the terms “boys” and “girls”, and to having pornography on his computer.

In total, 38 hours of videos that ranged from a minute to an hour in length were discovered on Guevara Vilca’s hard drive. The files were shared online through a peer-to-peer network.

Any argument that Guevara Vilca unintentionally downloaded the photos and videos, or tried to eliminate them from the computer once he saw what they contained, was insufficient, Assistant State Attorney Steve Maresca told the jury.

“(Downloading) 454 times is not an accident. He needs to be accountable and responsible for what he’s done,” Maresca said during closing arguments. “He did it because he wanted to.”

Hours after the verdict was read, Hollander said he would be filing several motions before Guevara Vilca’s sentencing Nov. 3 in an effort reduce the time his client will serve.

“I just don’t think life is appropriate just for looking at dirty pictures, even child porn,” Hollander said.

Guevara Vilca was initially offered a plea deal of 20 years in prison, according to Maresca, however he declined the offer in favor of a trial.

Before Guevara Vilca was removed from the courtroom Thursday, the defense asked that he be allowed to say goodbye to his mother.

Holding herself up on the bar, Carmen Guevara leaned in and implored the judge with one word.

“Please.”

Hardt denied the request, and Guevara Vilca was escorted out with only a glance back to his mother.

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RayPray writes:

Our innocent kids must be protected from these slobbering cyber-monsters!

The only way for stalwart Rambock & Scott (from his recent press conference evidently recently working as an extra in some Gestapo film) to deal with these master criminals is to requisition several top secret killer drones from the CIA.

Then enlist some local cops -- only those with IQ well above 80 -- to fly these remotely above serene-looking SW Florida.

Whenever one of these slobbering cyber-monsters is about to mouse click on an injudicious Internet link, hurtle deadly missiles down to blow them right out of their bedrooms, just like we got uber-terrorist and You-tube fan al-Wacko of Yemen.

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