Savannah man facing local, federal child porn charges

A Savannah man is charged with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography in an indictment announced by U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant on Tuesday.
According to counts one through three of the indictment, in August 2017, Andrew Hilmar Sanchez, 30, coerced three minor females under the age of 10 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images.
Count four charges Sanchez with possession of child pornography and alleges that on Feb. 22, Sanchez possessed a cell phone containing visual depictions of prepubescent minors under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sanchez also has state charges pending in Hardin County for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
If convicted of counts one through three, Sanchez faces up to 30 years imprisonment. If convicted on count four, he faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The United States also seeks criminal forfeiture of any proceeds related to the crime.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Savannah Police Department.
Savannah Police Chief Michael Pitts said the city’s detectives, overseen by Capt. T.J. Barker, “worked tirelessly alongside federal agents since this investigation started. Everyone involved has been faced with a very difficult and trying investigation.”
Anyone who believes they may have information about this case or related activities is asked to contact the Memphis Child Exploitation Task Force at 901-747-4300.
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.

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