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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Three Child Sexual Exploitation Cases This Week from Roseville, Rancho Cordova and Tracy

Friday, March 1, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — This week, two defendants pleaded guilty and one was sentenced for child-exploitation charges, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. These cases are the product of investigations 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 is prosecuting the cases.

Daniel Harrison McGrath, 58, of Roseville, pleaded guilty today to possession of more than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography. The Roseville Police Department participated in this investigation.

According to court documents, on April 4, 2012, McGrath’s granddaughter was found dead in his home. McGrath’s daughter, who is the child’s mother, has been charged in Placer County with the death. During an audio and videotaped interview about the death, McGrath was told that a search warrant would be executed and that his computers would be taken as part of the investigation. McGrath said that he had “sensitive” information on the computer, and then he admitted that he had files of child pornography on the computers. A search warrant was obtained by Roseville police detectives, and a forensic review of the seized computer evidence identified more than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography. These images and videos were contained on the disconnected computer hard drive, as well as on multiple CDs created by McGrath. Some of these images and videos showed prepubescent children, sadistic and masochistic conduct, and infants.

McGrath is scheduled to be sentenced on September 13, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Brandon Marks, 25, of Rancho Cordova, pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and receiving and sharing child pornography. According to court documents, Marks attempted to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. And between April 2012 and June 2012, Marks received and shared child pornography.

Marks is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on May 15, 2013. Marks faces a sentence of five to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years to life of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Any actual sentences for McGrath and Marks will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton sentenced James Harden, 24, of Tracy, to five years in prison. According to court documents, in March 2011, detectives with the Walnut Creek Police Department observed a computer, belonging to Harden, offering files of child pornography through the Internet. In May 2011, Sacramento law enforcement identified Harden’s computer offering files of child pornography through an Internet file-sharing service. After a search warrant was executed, agents found that Harden’s computer and an external hard drive contained child pornography some from a Russian photo-sharing site. The Walnut Creek Police Department assisted the ICAC task force in the investigation.

These cases were 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 Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.



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