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Former Head of L.A. City Neighborhood Commission Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

December 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES – A San Fernando Valley man who was president of the City of Los Angeles’ Board of Neighborhood Commissioners was sentenced this afternoon to 84 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

Albert Noah Abrams, 64, of Tarzana, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, Judge Klausner remanded Abrams into custody.

Abrams was arrested in this case in February and pleaded guilty in September to one count of distributing child pornography.

The case against Abrams resulted from an investigating into the sharing of child pornography on a peer-to-peer network. Following a search of Abrams’ residence in 2011, federal agents reviewed files on a computer and two external hard drives and determined there were more than 3,500 pictures and over 4,200 videos of suspected child pornography, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors. Investigators also determined that the computer equipment had more than 3,000 deleted pictures of child pornography and over 4,000 deleted movie files that had names suggesting child pornography.

Prosecutors said in court papers that Abrams had been collecting child pornography for over a decade and that “he also downloaded the ‘Hunter’s Guide to Finding Child Lovers,’ which is a 170-page document giving pedophiles advice on how to find and have sexual contact with children.”

Nearly two dozen victims depicted in the child pornography found in Abrams’ residence submitted impact statements to the court, where many of them said that the crime is never-ending as the images are continually circulated around the Internet. “I live everyday with the horrible knowledge that many people somewhere are watching the most terrifying moments of my life and taking grotesque pleasure in them,” one victim wrote, according to the prosecutor’s sentencing memo.

In sentencing the defendant today, Judge Klausner said that Abram’s crime was more than merely looking at pictures and was not a victimless crime.

After the conclusion of the seven-year prison term, Abrams will be on supervised release for the rest of his life, and he will always be required to be registered as a sex offender.

Abrams resigned from the Board of Neighborhood Commissions in 2011, days after federal authorities executed the search warrant at his residence. The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners is a policy-setting and oversight commission for Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, according to the city’s website.

The investigation into Abrams was conducted by the Southern California Regional Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team (SAFE Team).

Release No. 12-174

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