Anchorage Man sentenced to 10 years in prison
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
Scott Hunter Sauer, 65, was sentenced on Friday, November 9, 2012, by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to 120 months in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for possessing sexually explicit videos and images of child pornography, and using computers at both his home and workplace to trade those child pornography materials on the Internet.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Audrey J. Renschen, over 5,000 images of child pornography were involved, including images of children ranging from infants to age 12, and included “material that portrays sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.”
In ordering Sauer’s sentence, Judge Burgess noted the seriousness of his offense, the need to deter this kind of conduct, the need to protect the public, and the need for treatment. After serving his 10 years in prison, Sauer must serve 20 years of supervised release and be required to comply with special conditions of participating in sex offender assessment and treatment, and registering as a sex offender.
Ms. Loeffler commends Homeland Security Investigations for their investigation of this case as part of Alaska’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
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 United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state and local resources to better identify, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.