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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Former Clovis Teacher Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
 

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Docket #: 1:12-cr-037 AWI

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced former Clovis Unified School District teacher Neng Yang, 46, of Clovis, today to 38 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. On March 24, 2014, Yang pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court documents, Yang used an I-Phone and a computer to record and store videos depicting the sexual abuse of a minor on multiple occasions in January of 2012. At the time, the minor was under 12 years of age. The incidents involved sexual contact between the minor and Yang and took place while the minor was under Yang’s supervisory control. Yang was charged with four counts of producing child pornography and has been in federal custody since January 27, 2012.

US Attorney Wagner stated: “Law enforcement at all levels worked together to achieve today’s result. This office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who target innocent and vulnerable victims for sexual exploitation.”

“The unconscionable acts perpetrated by a trusted teacher on a youngster under the age of 12, in addition to producing child pornography, are crimes that must be addressed with a lengthy prison sentence. Clovis Police detectives, some with young children of their own, worked tirelessly to gather evidence and put together a solid case to keep Neng Yang locked up and away from innocent children. This man should never be in a position to victimize a child like this again,” said Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall.

“For most people, criminal acts against children are impossible to comprehend,” said Mike Prado, resident agent in charge of HSI Fresno. “For a child who has been tricked and sexually exploited by a trusted teacher — while at school — the physical and emotional scars will be with them forever. Thanks to a parent’s vigilance and outstanding law enforcement cooperation, this predator was apprehended before he could further abuse his position of trust to hurt other vulnerable children. As this sentence makes unmistakably clear, child sex predators will be caught, prosecuted, and meted the justice they deserve for their despicable actions.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task force, specifically the Clovis Police Department and the Fresno 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 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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