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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Bakersfield Man Sentenced to More Than 7 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 6, 2014
 

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Docket #: 1:12-cr-158  AWI

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — William George Gray, 51, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 7 years and 3 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between October 30, 2011, and January 2, 2013, Gray received more than 600 images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The images also involved the portrayal of sadistic, masochistic, and other depictions of violence, and included depictions of pre-pubescent minors.

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children task force and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States 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, 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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