United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Sacramento Man Sentenced to More than 15 Years in Prison for Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Docket #: 2:10-cr-445
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Court Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Gregory Paul Aguirre, 38, of Sacramento, to 15 years and eight months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distributing and possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court records, Aguirre maintained a collection of approximately 185 videos and 550 still images depicting minors engaged in various types of sexually explicit conduct. He shared and posted the images from his computer to others on the Internet. Aguirre pleaded guilty to distribution and possession of one or matters containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on October 11, 2012.
“As this sentence makes clear, those who trade child pornography over the Internet face serious consequences,” said Daniel Lane, assistant special agent in charge for HSI Sacramento. “The reality is, every time a photo or a video of an innocent child being sexually exploited is viewed, that victim is violated again. That is why we owe it to all of children affected by these cases to work tirelessly to seek answers, and ultimately – justice.”
This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Prince 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.