WASHINGTON – A Massachusetts man was sentenced today to 64 months in prison and five years of supervised release for transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz and Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston Bruce M. Foucart.
Chris Allen Oake, 61, of Acton, Mass., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton in Boston. On Feb. 16, 2012, Oake pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.
The charges against Oake were a result of “Operation Nest Egg,” a joint investigation led by the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, ICE-HSI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Operation Nest Egg, launched in February 2008, targeted approximately 500 individuals located throughout the world for their involvement in an online group dedicated to trading images of child pornography.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael I. Yoon of the District of Massachusetts and CEOS Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane. The case against Oake was investigated by ICE-HSI, CEOS’s High Technology Investigative Unit, Massachusetts State Police and the Acton Police Department.