Two convicted of child sex crimes sentenced

2013-11-18T17:00:00Z 2013-11-19T07:39:17Z Two convicted of child sex crimes sentencedBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a cache of child pornography.

Ivan Alfonso Machado was arrested in July and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of 15.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

His attorney told Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell that Machado, 19, felt embarrassment and shame for his actions and had independently sought counseling for his problems.

“I never meant to harm anybody,” Machado said at the sentencing on Monday.

In addition to the prison sentence, Machado must serve 20 years of probation and register as a sex offender.

CHILD LURING

A Tucson man accused of luring a minor for sexual purposes was sentenced to three years’ probation on Monday.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Nichols sentenced Thomas Michael Sherlock after a guilty plea last month.

In August, police arrested Sherlock, 57, after they found an online advertisement he had made seeking “younger female companionship.”

Police initiated online communication with Sherlock in the guise of an underage teenage girl.

Police said Sherlock sent explicit photos of himself and sought a meeting with who he thought was a girl.

Sherlock later was arrested at the location where he planned to meet the girl.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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