A Yakima man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
38-year-old Miguel Urbina received a 300-month prison sentence, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. That was handed down from United States District Judge Mary K. Dimke, who says Urbina also will be required to register as a sex offender.
Court documents reveal that Urbina, along with another individual, secretly recorded explicit videos and images of minors in a bathroom at the Union Gap Mall using a concealed digital video camera in February 2007. The recordings were then saved on Urbina's computer. Furthermore, between November 2008 and November 2009, Urbina produced and attempted to produce child pornography involving a person under the age of eighteen. On April 23, 2020, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Urbina's residence in Yakima and seized a hard drive containing thousands of child pornography images. The warrant also recovered the incriminating audio/video recording from the bathroom at the mall, along with explicit recordings Urbina had made in 2008 and 2009.
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. The nationwide effort brings together federal, state, and local resources to apprehend offenders and protect children.