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January 10, 2014

AUNG GAW, a/k/a Michael Gaw, age 25, of Fremont, California, was charged today in a two count indictment with Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Receipt of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, announced U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. 

Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography carries a mandatory minimum of fifteen (15) years and a maximum sentence of thirty (30) years imprisonment and Receipt of Child Pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years and a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years.  In addition, GAW is subject to a term of supervised release after imprisonment for a minimum of five (5) years up to life.  If convicted, GAW will have to register as a sex offender.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  GAW is being held in federal custody pending trial which is scheduled for March 10, 2014, before Chief United States District Court Judge Sarah S. Vance.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Fraud Section Chief and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

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