United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Downloading Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Docket #: 2:11-CR-00532
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Alan Irwin Burnor, 66, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Martinez Police Department, and 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 is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, in September 2011, Martinez police officers observed Burnor’s computer offering child pornography through an Internet file-sharing service and were able to download files of child pornography from it. Burnor’s residence was searched and approximately 465 image files and 100 video files of child pornography were found on his computer. These files had been downloaded by Burnor between July 23, 2010 and October 16, 2011. Among the images downloaded and possessed by Burnor were videos showing the molestation of toddlers as well as images showing the sadistic and masochistic abuse of children.
Burnor is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on January 23, 2013. He faces a sentence of five to 20 years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
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.