U.S. man faces sentencing in Philippines child sex case

Concluding a two-part trial, a Los Angeles man was convicted Tuesday of producing child pornography in The Philippines while being required to register as a sex offender due to his prior conviction for raping a 14-year-old girl.

The man, Stanley Dan Reczko III, 50, who lived in the Koreatown District of Los Angeles, was found guilty of the charge by U. S. District Judge George H. King, who issued his ruling this afternoon from the bench.

In the first part of the trial, a jury Feb. 20 found Reczko guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor by producing child pornography in The Philippines.

As a result of his conviction on the sexual exploitation charge, and because he has a prior conviction, Reczko faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in federal prison. The second charge of producing child pornography while being required to register as a sex offender carries a mandatory consecutive 10-year prison term. Therefore, Reczko faces a minimum sentence of 35 years in prison, and he could get as much as life without parole in prison when he is sentence by Judge King on May 18.

Authorities began investigating Reczko in May 2007 after the minor victim handed over a CD containing child pornography to the International Justice Mission, a non-governmental organization working in The Philippines. The organization provided the CD, along with other evidence, to law enforcement officers working out of the U.S. Embassy in Manila. The evidence showed that Reczko had used the minor to produce eight series of child pornography, which included images of him and the victim engaging in sexual intercourse.

Reczko has been in custody since he was arrested after returning to the United States from the Philippines in 2007.

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