United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Stockton Man Pleads Guilty To Downloading Child Pornography From The Internet
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
June 10, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
Docket #: 2:11-CR-0129 KJM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today
that Kenneth Warner Kilburn, 52, of Stockton, pleaded guilty yesterday to receiving child
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against
Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Sacramento ICAC is a federally and state funded task force
managed by the Sacramento Sheriff's Department comprised of agents from federal, state, and
local agencies. The purpose of the Sacramento ICAC is to investigate online child exploitation
crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. Assistant United States
Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, in 2008, the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children (NCMEC) received a Cybertipline report identifying Kilburn as someone who had
accessed a "child model" newsgroup on the Internet. In late 2009, law enforcement identified a
computer at Kilburn's address as offering files of known child pornography. Between November
19, 2009, and December 1, 2009, law enforcement identified 381 different files of child
pornography that Kilburn was offering to others to download through a file-sharing network. On
January 13, 2010, police officers searching his residence found two computers that contained
child pornography. Forensic evidence from the computers showed that Kilburn had been viewing
child pornography just a few hours before the search warrant was executed, and that he had over
1,000 pictures and videos showing the sexual molestation of children.
Kilburn is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
on August 25, 2011. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 years in
prison, a fine of $250,000, and a life term of supervised release. The actual sentence, however,
will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory
factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative by
the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and
abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation
and Obscenity Section, PSC mobilizes federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend,
and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue
victims. For more information, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the U.S. Attorney's
Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the PSC coordinator.
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