United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Bakersfield Teacher Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, July 30, 2012
Docket #: 1:10-cr-00425-AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — Michael Scott Cooper, 43, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to three years and one month in prison for possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Cooper possessed images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on his computer. Many of the images depicted prepubescent minors. Cooper was a teacher at Loudan Elementary School in Bakersfield. He was arrested on October 7, 2010. He has been in custody since his guilty plea on May 21, 2012.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Stanley Boone prosecuted the case.