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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Ceres Man Sentenced to 10 ½ Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 4, 2013
 

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Docket #: 1:12-CR-00285 AWI

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — Oscar Raya, 34, of Ceres, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 10 years and seven months in prison for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Raya pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography on August 26, 2013, and he was taken into custody on that date. Judge Ishii today also imposed a term of supervised release of 25 years during which the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender, and his access to minors, computers, and the Internet will be restricted.

According to court documents, between June 14, 2012, and August 7, 2012, Raya communicated with an undercover law enforcement officer to place an order for what he thought were several DVDs containing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Raya selected several videos that purportedly depicted images of prepubescent minors, some of which involved violence, sadistic or masochistic conduct, or abuse. An undercover United States postal inspector delivered the material to Raya’s residence on August 7, 2012, and a search warrant was executed there. Investigators recovered a computer that contained numerous images of child pornography that had been downloaded from the Internet.

This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Stockton office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Ceres Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Gappa 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.justice.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety.

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