WASHINGTON – A Redding, Calif., man was sentenced today in Sacramento, Calif., for one count of possession of child pornography and three violations of his supervised release conditions, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California McGregor W. Scott announced.
Ron Sean Arter Jr., 29, was sentenced today by Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 10 years in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Arter was convicted in 2002 of possession and transportation of child pornography in the Eastern District of California and sentenced to 33 months in prison. In 2004, Arter began a three-year term of supervised release, the conditions of which required Arter not to commit another criminal offense, possess pornographic material or use a computer to access the Internet. According to information contained in plea documents, while on supervised release in 2006, Arter was arrested in Redding after police discovered that he was using a concealed camera to film underneath the skirt of an 11-year-old girl. Information contained in the plea documents also revealed that Arter filmed underneath the skirts of other minor girls and adult women in the Redding area and that Arter secretly used his girlfriend’s laptop computer to download and possess child pornography from the Internet.
This case emerged out of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, PSC marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Camil A. Skipper of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), CEOS's High Technology Investigative Unit and the Redding Police Department.