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Man charged in SF federal court with making child porn

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A 22-year-old Watsonville man is due to be arraigned in federal court in San Francisco Friday on seven child pornography charges, including allegations of making four sexually explicit video files with minors.

Anthony Vega-Lobato was indicted under seal by a federal grand jury on Dec. 21 and arrested in Watsonville the same day.

The indictment was unsealed after his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero in San Francisco on Dec. 22.

His hearing before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte on Friday will include identification of his defense lawyer, arraignment and a detention hearing. Vega-Lobato is being held without bail until then.

He is accused of making a total of four sexually explicit videos with three child victims in 2016.

Vega-Lobato is also charged with three other counts of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography in 2017.

The charges of making child pornography videos each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and maximum sentence of 30 years in prison if Vega-Lobato is convicted. The other charges have maximum sentences of 20 years upon conviction.

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