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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Fresno Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 28, 2014
 

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Docket #: 1:12-cr-428-AWI

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Roy Palomera, 24, of Fresno, to seven years in prison, to be followed by 18 years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Palomera was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to one victim whose images he possessed.

According to court documents, investigators determined that Palomera was making child pornography available through a file-sharing program. When a search warrant was executed at his residence on August 30, 2012, his computer contained numerous images of minors being sexually abused. Some of the victims were prepubescent, and several images depicted violence, bondage, or other sadistic or masochistic conduct.

“This sentence should serve as a sobering reminder of the consequences facing those who sexually exploit defenseless children,” said Nick Annan, acting special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations San Francisco. “This defendant was among 14 individuals arrested in the Fresno area as part of Operation Sunflower, a nationwide enforcement action led by Homeland Security Investigations targeting Internet child predators. The reality is, every time a photo or a video of an innocent child being sexually exploited is viewed, that victim is violated again. That is why we owe it to all of the children identified in these cases to work tirelessly to see that all perpetrators involved in any form of child exploitation are brought to justice.”

This case was the result of an investigation by the Fresno office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney David Gappa prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative 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 education.

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