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St. Paul man sentenced for possessing images of child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 37-year-old St. Paul man was sentenced for possessing images and video of child pornography. United States District Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Anthony Alex Munoz to 30 months in prison on one count of possession of child pornography. Munoz, who was indicted on May 11, 2011, was found guilty by a federal jury on May 17, 2012.

Following today’s sentencing, J. Chris Warrener, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Minneapolis Field Office, said, “The FBI is committed to bring those who would engage in the viewing, production, or publication of child pornography to justice. Child pornography is a particularly heinous crime, as it preys upon the most vulnerable in our society."

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

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was 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.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab “resources.”

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