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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Modesto Man Snared by aTip from Danish Police Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

Monday, July 22, 2013


Docket #: 1: 12-cr-82-LJO



FRESNO, Calif. — Timothy Valdez, 37, of Modesto, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill for producing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Valdez pleaded guilty on April 29, 2013.

According to court documents, in December 2011, federal agents and Canadian officials received a referral from the Danish National Police about child pornography on the Internet that appeared to originate from North America. In a video, a male adult was seen molesting a young boy. Through extensive investigative work, the identity of that person was established on Friday, March 9, 2012. Valdez was arrested the following day.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Modesto Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos is prosecuting the case.

“As a result of the sentence imposed today in this case, no one will have to worry about other children becoming victims of sexual exploitation by this defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “Because of quick work by the Danish National Police and Special Agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations, he will be spending decades behind bars.”

“Today’s sentence should serve as a sobering warning about the consequences facing child sexual predators who mistakenly believe they can elude detection by hiding in cyberspace,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for HSI San Francisco. “From a lead originally uncovered in Denmark, we were able identify and locate this perpetrator halfway around the world. HSI will continue to aggressively target those who prey upon and sexually exploit our children. We owe it to the young victims in these cases, who will carry the emotional and physical scars of these crimes with them for the rest of their lives.”

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.



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