Fullerton Teacher's Aide Caught in FBI Kiddie Porn Sting Gets Punished

A onetime teacher's aide in the Fullerton School District and the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District has been formally sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for collecting and distributing graphic child pornography through the Internet.

Emmanuel Moran is lucky that Assistant United States Attorney Lane Dilg didn't get her way or the punishment would have been an additional 26 months of incarceration.

Though Dilg wanted Moran--who was born in 1986--given lifetime supervision, federal Judge Margaret M. Morrow ordered Moran to be placed on 10 years of probation when he emerges from prison.

Moran's explanation for his crimes are not known. Morrow allowed him to communicate with her in a series of documents sealed from public inspection.

But, according to an FBI sting operation, Moran used the GigaTribe file sharing network and in June 2010 mistakenly allowed an undercover agent to access his computer, which held more than 15,000 erotic or sexual images of little boys and 860 child pornography videos.

One recovered video depicted a boy tied down and crying as an adult male anally rapes him, according to an FBI report.

Moran, who was indicted by a federal grand jury, worked as a teacher's assistant for Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District from 2006 to 2011 and as a recreational aide for the Fullerton School District from 2008 to 2011.

FBI agents speculated that he "actively sought out" jobs giving him contact with young boys even though he made more money working at a Panera Bread restaurant.

Until his sentencing, Moran had been free from custody on $50,000 bail after he surrendered his passport.

Records show that he has not yet been shipped out of Orange County to federal prison.

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