United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Elk Grove Man Arrested for Producing Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Friday, May 03, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today the arrest of Michael Gibson, for production and possession of child pornography.
According to a criminal complaint filed today in the case, in March 2013, a computer at Gibson’s residence was observed offering files of child pornography through an online file-sharing network. On May 1, 2013, agents with the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search at his house. They found a hard drive that contained videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and hidden-camera videos taken in bathrooms at his house. These hidden-camera videos showed minor children using the toilet and shower.
Members of the ICAC Task Force arrested Gibson, and he was booked into Sacramento County Jail. He will make his initial appearance in federal court on Monday, May 6, 2013.
This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Elk Grove Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case. The Sacramento ICAC is a federally and state funded task force managed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department composed of agents from federal, state, and local agencies. The purpose of the Sacramento ICAC is to investigate online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. Anyone having information about the case should contact the ICAC Task Force at (916) 874-3003, or the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 478-8060.
If convicted, Gibson faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release for production of child pornography. The maximum sentence for possession of child pornography 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release. Any sentence, however, would 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.
The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This prosecution is part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing Project Safe Childhood initiative which was launched to increase federal prosecutions of sexual predators of children, and to reduce the number of Internet crimes against children including child pornography trafficking. As a part of PSC, the United States Attorney’s Office has teamed with state and local agencies and organizations to increase law enforcement presence on the Internet, and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For additional information on the PSC initiative, please go to www.projectsafechildhood.govor call the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the PSC coordinator.