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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Cameron Park Man Arraigned on Child Pornography Charges

Monday, May 12, 2014


Docket #: 2:14-cr-089 TLN



SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Frederick Simonelli, 69, of Cameron Park, was arraigned today on charges of receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The two-count indictment, brought by a grand jury on March 26, 2014, was unsealed today.

According to court documents, on January 15, 2012, and January 16, 2012, Simonelli received through the Internet images from the minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. At the arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire, Simonelli pleaded not guilty. He was released on a $25,000 bond. He was also ordered to not have any contact with minors, and to not access the Internet. His next court date is June 19, 2014, before United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.

“Each time an image of child pornography is viewed, that child is victimized again,” said Daniel Lane, assistant special agent in charge for HSI Sacramento. “HSI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who harm children in this way – no matter their wealth, status or education – receive the justice they deserve.”

If convicted of receipt of child pornography, Simonelli faces a maximum statutory penalty not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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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