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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Clovis Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

Monday, September 23, 2013


Docket #: 1: 12-cr402-AWI



FRESNO, Calif. — Samuel Joseph Gueydan, 49, of Clovis, was sentenced today to nine years in prison by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.  Gueydan pleaded guilty on July 8, 2013, to receiving child pornography, and was remanded into custody on that date.

According to court documents, from approximately March 2007 through October 2012, Gueydan received and stored hundreds of thousands of sexually explicit depictions of minors, including many involving pre-pubescent victims and depicting sado-masochistic conduct. 

“The sheer volume of child pornography this defendant possessed, more than 900,000 images on his primary computer alone, make it clear he harbored a dangerous sexual interest in children and posed a threat to the community,” said Mike Prado, resident agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations Fresno. “This lengthy prison term will prevent him from preying on children and continuing to perpetuate the cycle of victimization that occurs when child pornography is downloaded from the Internet.”

This case was a product of an intensive investigation by the Fresno office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), as well as the Clovis Police Department. 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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