United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Elk Grove Man Indicted for Producing Hidden Camera Videos of Minors
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Docket #: 2:13-cr-180 JAM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Michael Gibson, 40, of Elk Grove, with two counts of production and attempted production of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to the indictment, Gibson used minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.
According to a sworn complaint filed on May 3, 2013, 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 executed a search at Gibson’s house. Located during the search was a hard drive that contained videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Also located during the search were hidden-camera videos taken by Gibson in bathrooms at his house. These hidden-camera videos showed minor children using the toilet and shower in those bathrooms.
This case is the product of an 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.
Gibson is scheduled to be arraigned on May 22, 2013 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire. If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of 15 to 30 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 sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.