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Clanton man sentenced to 40 years for producing child pornography, sexual abuse

Published 2:48pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Manuel Alvarez was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday on six counts of charges including four counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 and two counts of possession of child pornography.

Chilton County Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Alvarez in court at 9 a.m. Tuesday to 20 years for the four counts of sex abuse charges of a child less than 12, which is a Class B felony.

The sentences will run concurrent with each other and concurrent with any sentence issued in Autauga County for similar charges.

Reynolds also sentenced Alvarez to 10 years for each count of child pornography, a Class C felony, to run consecutive with each other and consecutive with the time given on the sex abuse charges.

“Alvarez got 40 years of sentences today that should protect the community from this child predator and send a message that harming our children will not be tolerated,” Chief Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson said.

Alvarez pleaded guilty in May to the charges and was held in the Chilton County Jail under a $3,275,000 bond until his sentencing date Tuesday.

Alvarez was arrested in July 2012 at his home off Temple Road and charged with 28 counts of possession of child pornography, production of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Investigators alleged five girls, ages 8-11 at the time of the crimes, were sexually abused by Alvarez.

In August 2012, Clanton Police Department confirmed more than 15,000 images on two confiscated hard drives as child pornography and four more hard drives were being processed by Prattville Police Department’s computer forensics lab.

Alvarez was originally born in California and later relocated to Clanton in 2008.

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