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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Georgia (WJBF) – A Columbia County man was sentenced to nearly 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to producing images of child sexual exploitation.

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


A judge also ordered Torres to pay $9,600 in restitution and fees, register as a sex offender, and serve 20 years of probation after completing his prison sentence.

Grovetown police were investigating the reported sexual abuse of a child when they seized Torres’ cellphone.

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

By matching an image in the video to a scar on Torres’ hand, investigators concluded that Torres had created the video using his phone.

Prosecutors are also charging Torres with child abuse charges involving victims unrelated to the federal case.

Anyone with information regarding suspected child sexual exploitation should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 or https://report.cybertip.org/.