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Federal jury convicts St. Paul man for possessing images of child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a jury found a 37-year-old St. Paul man
guilty of possessing images and videos of child pornography. Following a three day trial, the
jury convicted Anthony Alex Munoz on one count of possession of child pornography. Munoz
was indicted on May 11, 2011.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on July 26, 2007, Munoz possessed images and
videos featuring minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The items, which had been
downloaded from the Internet, were found on computers seized during the execution of a search
warrant at his residence.

For his crime, Munoz faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. United
States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim will determine his sentence at a future hearing. This
case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin S. Ueland.

Possession of child pornography is against the law. In addition to prosecuting these cases,
the Justice Department is also funding a study focusing on the correlation between involvement
in child pornography and hands-on sexual abuse of children. A 2008 study (The Butner Study)
published in the Journal of Family Violence found that up to 80 percent of federal inmates
incarcerated for possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography also admitted to
hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.

The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of
children, particularly via the Internet. In Fiscal Year 2010, 2,235 defendants pleaded guilty to
federal child pornography charges, 2,222 of whom were sentenced to prison. In Fiscal Year
2009, 2,083 defendants were sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. For more
information about these efforts, please visit the Department’s Project Safe Childhood website,
at www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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