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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Sacramento Man Arrested for Child Pornography Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 17, 2013
 

Docket #: 2:13-cr-210-JAM

 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Daniel L. Bonnett, 37, of Sacramento, was arrested today after a grand jury returned an indictment charging him with receiving and sharing child pornography through the Internet, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Bonnett was indicted on June 13, 2013, and arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan. He entered a plea of not guilty. He is in custody as a flight risk and as a danger to the community. His next court date is before U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on July 9, 2013.

According to court documents, between January 27, 2013, and February 14, 2013, Bonnett sent and received images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Morris is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Bonnett faces five to 20 years in prison. 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

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