Las Vegas, Nevada - A Las Vegas man convicted of sexually exploiting children by producing child pornography and possessing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, was sentenced Wednesday to 140 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI’s Las Vegas Division.
“Today’s sentence sends a strong message that we will hold child sexual predators accountable and bring them to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich. “Through our Project Safe Childhood initiative, in collaboration with local and federal partners, we will prosecute individuals who prey on our children and commit heinous and violent acts against them.”
A jury convicted Lonny Joseph DiTirro, 37, of four counts of sexual exploitation of children by producing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. United States District Judge Kent J. Dawson presided over the jury trial and sentencing hearing. After being released from custody, under the Sexual Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA), DiTirro will be required to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents and evidence presented during the three-day jury trial, on September 10, 2015, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a concerned citizen’s report of possible child pornography found on a SD card belonging to DiTirro. Law enforcement obtained and executed a search warrant for the SD card. A forensic examination of the SD card found 254 images and 42 videos of child pornography, depictions that included infants and toddlers being sadistically and violently sexually assaulted.
Additionally, DiTirro had organized and catalogued dozens of folders titled with the name and age of nearly 50 girls from multiple states. The folders contained nude photos and videos of the girls, including videos of DiTirro raping several girls. Law enforcement identified several victims who all testified that they met DiTirro on a social media dating application when they were under the age of 16. The victims further testified that DiTirro lied about his age, claiming he was a teenager or in his early 20s, and went as far as falsifying his birth certificate in an effort to coerce, entice, and induce the victims into various sexual activities. DiTirro recorded sex acts with the minor victims, and he also created screenshots of sexually explicit video chats of the victims.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elham Roohani and Christopher Burton prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.