Ex-LADCFS Employee Pleads No Contest to Child Porn Charges

A former adoption manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is facing up to eight years and four months in prison after pleading no contest to child pornography possession and distribution.

Carlos Enrique Castillo’s plea stems from six felony counts related to his possession and/or dissemination of more than 600 lewd images of minors. The crimes occurred over a six-month period in 2017 and 2018 while he was employed by DCFS — an agency that has experienced a number of scandals and high turnover in recent years.

“This alleged behavior violates the public trust and goes against everything we stand for,” the department said in a statement earlier this year. “We stand ready to assist our partners in law enforcement in their investigation.”

The department's deputy director Brandon Nichols previously called the allegations "upsetting" and said his office would do everything possible to assist with the investigation.

Castillo’s open plea means there was no deal with county prosecutors. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28


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