United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Folsom Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Docket #: 2:11-CR-00538 KJM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Matthew Mark Battersby, 44, of Folsom, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to five years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for receiving child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department with agents from federal, state, and local agencies. The Sacramento ICAC investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case.
According to court documents, in September 2011, law enforcement identified a computer at Battersby’s address offering files of child pornography on an Internet file-sharing service. Law enforcement agents established a direct connection with Battersby’s computer and downloaded a video of child pornography. On September 22, 2011, agents searched Battersby’s residence and found approximately 15 image files and 179 video files of child pornography on Battersby’s computer.
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.