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Release No. 06-062

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2006
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Thom Mrozek (213) 894-6947

HOLLYWOOD MAN INDICTED FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY; FACES AT LEAST 15 YEARS IN PRISON


Los Angeles, CA - A Hollywood man has been indicted on federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography for having a collection of thousands of illegal images that included photos he took of a five-year-old girl.

Geoffrey David McCalla, 32, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, and he is scheduled to be arraigned on the two-count indictment on June 5. Pursuant to the PROTECT Act, which took effect in 2003, McCalla must be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison if he is convicted of the child pornography production charge, and he could be sentenced to as much as 40 years on the charges in the indictment.

This case began when undercover agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement discovered a fee-based website that featured child pornography images. Payment records for the website led investigators to a retirement community where McCalla worked as a computer systems manager. During the course of the investigation, ICE agents seized McCalla's computers and computer disks from McCalla's home and workplace and found tens of thousands of images depicting the sexual abuse of minors, some of whom were less than 5 years of age. Law enforcement has positively identified nearly 6,000 images possessed by McCalla as depicting known child victims of sexual assault.

Investigators also discovered child pornographic images taken by McCalla of a five-year-old girl who was placed in the custody and care of McCalla.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which received the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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