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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Fresno Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

Monday, June 17, 2013

Docket #: 1:12-cr-00211 LJO



FRESNO, Calif. — United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Lance Howard Mayes, 43, of Fresno, today to seven years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for receipt and distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Mayes pleaded guilty to this charge on March 11, 2013, and has been in custody since that time.

According to court documents, from approximately March through November 2011, Mayes received and distributed more than 600 sexually explicit depictions of minors, many of which involving pre-pubescent victims and at least one of which involved sadomasochistic conduct.

“As this sentence makes clear, those who use the Internet to obtain and view sexually explicit images of children face serious consequences,” said Mike Prado, resident agent in charge for HSI Fresno. “Tragically, every time these materials are downloaded, the young victims are violated again. HSI will continue to work closely with federal prosecutors to see that those who sexually exploit innocent children are  held accountable for their crimes.”

This case was a product of an investigation by the Fresno office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos 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 Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.



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