United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Clovis Man Sentenced To Prison For Eight Years For Receiving Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
April 30, 2012
Docket #: 1:11-cr-00172-AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Aaron Gregory Guzman, 44, of Clovis, to eight years and one month in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
According to court documents, Guzman received more than 600 images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct also involved the portrayal of sadistic, masochistic, and other depictions of violence. Guzman received the child pornography on his computer, and many of the minors depicted were prepubescent minors.
This case is the result of Operation Direct Connect, an extensive series of investigations by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, specifically the Fresno U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.
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.