United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Three Central Valley Men Indicted for Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
October 18, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that on October 13, a federal grand jury returned three separate indictments against three men for child pornography charges. This announcement follows the arrests of two of the defendants.
Brian Keith Murphy, 38, of Fresno, was arrested on October 13, 2011, for one count of receipt of material depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. According to the indictment, Murphy used the Internet to receive images of child pornography between August and September of 2011. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting this case.
Alfredo Marmolejo-Barrera, 44, of Corcoran, was arrested yesterday, October 17, 2011, for one count of receipt of material depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. According to the indictment, in December 2010, Marmolejo-Barrera used the Internet to receive images of child pornography. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting this case.
Jacob Asa Gamboa, 23, of Porterville, is charged with two counts of receiving and sharing child pornography. Gamboa had been in state custody at the time of indictment and is in the process of being transferred to federal custody. According to the indictment, between June 2009 and May 2011, Gamboa used the Internet to receive images of child pornography on two separate computers. Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos is prosecuting this case.
If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. The actual sentence for each defendant, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges in the three indictments are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
These cases are the result of Operation Direct Connect, an extensive series of investigations by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Kings County Sheriff's Office, the Kings County District Attorney's Office, and the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
These cases are 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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