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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 21, 2014

Sex Offender Sentenced to 6 Years For Child Sexual Exploitation

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Oregon man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for transporting child pornography from Alaska to Canada.  Aaron Bruno Finn, was sentenced to 6 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Finn, age 57, was a commercial truck driver, and transported over 600 images of child pornography on digital materials he carried in his truck while driving from Alaska to Oregon.  He was stopped at the Canadian Border, and was arrested for importing child pornography into Canada.  Finn was sentenced to serve 2 years in prison in Canada before being turned over to American authorities.  

United States District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced Finn to 72 months (6 years) in prison, after considering the 2 years of imprisonment he had already served in Canada.  Judge Gleason also sentenced Finn to serve 15 years of supervised release, with specific conditions to register as a sex offender, to have no unsupervised contact with any person under the age of 18, and to participate in sex offender assessment and treatment.  Finn’s truck was also administratively forfeited by Homeland Security Investigations when it was released by Canadian authorities.

The sexually explicit images of children depicted children as young as 2 years old.  At sentencing on February 20, 2014, Judge Gleason stated, “This is not a victimless crime.”  “It troubles me that I didn’t hear (from Mr. Finn) an understanding of how these children are being victimized.”  “…for gratification of adults.”

Over 600 images of child pornography were found on Finn’s laptop computers.  Several child victims who were identified in those images submitted letters describing the serious harms they had suffered as a result of being sexually exploited.  Judge Gleason acknowledged those harms and the seriousness of child pornography crimes when she sentenced Finn to the 6-year prison sentence, and 15 years of supervised release.

Ms. Loeffler commends Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their extensive investigation of this case, and acknowledges HSI’s persistent dedication to rescuing child victims from sexual exploitation, and pursuing the sexual predators that harm children.

Updated January 29, 2015