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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Brentwood, California Man Sentenced To 8 Years For Possession And Distribution Of Child Pornography

OAKLAND, Calif. – Kyle Robert James was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division announced.

James pleaded guilty on December 17, 2012, to both possessing and distributing child pornography. James first came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 13, 2010, when he distributed images and videos of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent using a peer-to-peer computer program. On November 1, 2010, James again distributed images and videos of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent. On May 4, 2011, the FBI searched James’s home pursuant to a federal search warrant and seized computers and external storage media. A forensic examination of the seized items revealed tens of thousands of child pornography files on the computer. The forensic examination also uncovered numerous chats by James with other traders of child pornography.

James, 27 of Brentwood, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 25, 2012. The sentence was handed down by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken. In addition to his prison sentence, James was sentenced to a 10-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Lewis and Trial Attorney Mi Yung Park of the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). This prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI.