Columbia County Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WJBF) – A Columbia County man has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to producing child sexual abuse images.

Hector Salazar Torres, 30, of Grovetown, was sentenced to 325 months in prison after pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

A judge also ordered Torres to pay $9,600 in restitution and assessments, register as a sex offender and serve 20 years of supervised release at the end of his prison sentence.

Grovetown police were investigating an alleged sexual assault of a child when they seized Torres' cellphone.

The FBI examined the contents of the phone and identified dozens of images and videos of child sexual abuse, including a video of a young child.

By matching a frame from the video to a scar on Torres' hand, investigators determined that Torres produced the video with his phone.

Torres also faces charges of child sexual assault involving victims unrelated to the federal case.

Anyone with information about suspected child sexual exploitation can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678, or

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