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Martinez Youth Counselor Gets 29 Years In Child Porn, Molestation Case

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Thomas Jewell (Pleasant Hill Police Dept.)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — A former youth counselor in Martinez has been sentenced to 29 years in federal prison following his conviction on child pornography charges.

A U.S. District Court judge in Oakland issued the sentence against 54-year-old Thomas Jewell on Wednesday. Jewell pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography in November.

Authorities said he molested two teenage boys and produced images of the abuse.

Jewell worked as a youth mental health counselor at Juvenile Hall in Martinez before his 2010 arrest. It’s not clear whether he met the teens there.

He was also facing charges in Contra Costa County.

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