Molester who recorded assaults on children sentenced to 210 months in federal prison

The Thomas S.. Foley U.S. Courthouse in Spokane.

SPOKANE — A Wenatchee man who sexually victimized three children and recorded himself doing so is now headed for a prison sentence of 17-1/2 years.

Jose Antonio Mendoza, 32, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Spokane, four months after pleading guilty to two counts of producing child pornography. Wenatchee police arrested Mendoza in January 2020 on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

Federal prosecutors took on the case in June 2020, after Wenatchee police investigators found dozens of videos on Mendoza’s devices that showed him sexually abusing the children while they slept. They also found thousands of other images of child pornography that Mendoza had collected. Both offenses are liable for federal prosecution.

U.S. attorneys said the videos Mendoza made were created over the course of about four years, between 2015 and 2019. They recommended the 210-month prison term that U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson imposed on Monday.

As part of Mendoza’s plea, federal prosecutors dropped one additional count of producing child pornography and one of receiving child pornography. Once he completes his prison term, Mendoza must spend the rest of his life on federal probation.