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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Sacramento Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 4, 2013
 

Docket #: 2:11-CR-00325 WBS

 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Judge William B. Shubb sentenced Oliver P. Kim, 37, of Sacramento, to two and a half years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between February 9, 2011 and March 23, 2011, agents identified a computer at Kim’s address offering files of child pornography through a file-sharing network. A federal search warrant was executed at Kim’s home on March 23, 2011. Forensic analysis showed that Kim downloaded child pornography through the file-sharing network that was installed on his laptop computer and saved approximately 1500 videos and 750 images of child pornography to the external hard drives.

In sentencing, Judge Shubb highlighted the importance of deterring others who might consider downloading and possessing child pornography. Judge Shubb said that the court needed “to impose a sentence that sends out the right message to anyone that contemplates this kind of behavior in the future.” Under federal law, the possession of child pornography can be punished by up to 10 years in prison. The receipt or distribution of child pornography is punished by no less than five years and up to 20 years in prison.

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Sacramento ICAC is 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.

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.

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