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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Rancho Cordova Man Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
 

Docket #: 2:12-cr-299-KJM

 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sentenced Brandon Marks, 25, of Rancho Cordova, today to 12 years in prison, to be followed by 40 years of supervised release, for enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and receiving and sharing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Marks will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

According to court documents, on May 29, 2012, an undercover detective responded to a Craigslist advertisement that Marks had posted in which he sought to acquire children’s underwear. After a week of online and cellphone communications, during which Marks sent several images and one video of child pornography, Marks agreed to meet the undercover detective at a Sacramento hotel in order to have sex with what he thought to be a 12-year-old girl. He was arrested when he arrived at the hotel.

A search of Marks’s phone, computer, and email accounts found evidence of trading child pornography. In total, two videos and approximately 70 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were found.

This case was the product of an investigation 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 Attorneys Kyle Reardon and Olusere Olowoyeye 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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