Ex-teacher in El Paso gets 50 years for child porn

January 13, 2012 4:30:24 AM PST
A former West Texas teacher has been sentenced to the maximum 50 years in prison for child pornography and exploitation by the secret videotaping of youngsters.

A federal judge in El Paso on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Marco Antonio Alferez.

The former dance instructor, who taught in five El Paso schools, pleaded guilty in August to sexual exploitation of children and to distribution of child pornography.

Alferez received a 30-year sentence for sexual exploitation and 20 years for child porn distribution. The sentences must be served consecutively.

Investigators in 2010 raided the educator's home and seized his computer.

Prosecutors say recordings made by Alferez contained about 400 child victims. Alferez, in some videos, can be heard off-camera asking children to undress and try on new items that he provided.