United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, September 10, 2012
Docket #: 1:11-cr-350 AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — Brian Keith Murphy, 39, of Fresno, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to eight years and one month in prison for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. In addition to the prison sentence, Murphy will be required to register as a sex offender and will be on supervised release for 15 years during which his access to computers, the internet, and minors will be restricted.
According to court documents, Murphy used a file-sharing program to receive on his computer photographs and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Many of the images depicted prepubescent minors, and several depicted images of violence or sadistic or masochistic conduct.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Central Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney David Gappa prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.