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Local defense contractor pleads guilty to child porn


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A Riverview defense contractor faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to production of child pornography, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today.

Michael C. Vella, 36, faces a minimum mandatory term of 15 years, Bentley said.

According to the plea agreement, a 16 year-old girl told law enforcement that Vella had been forcing her to have sex with him since the middle of 2012 and he had, at least once, used his laptop computer to record them having sex.

When the arrest warrant was issued, Vella was deployed to Afghanistan as a Department of Defense contractor.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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