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Man sentenced for possessing child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a 21-year-old man was sentenced for
possessing between 10 and 150 images of child pornography. United States District Court Judge
John R. Tunheim sentenced Zaiye Bharruway Dehkee, no known address, to 36 months in
prison, along with 15 years of supervised release, on one count of possession of child
pornography. Dehkee was indicted on March 15, 2011, and pleaded guilty on September 20,
2011.

In his plea agreement, Dehkee admitted that between December of 2010 and January of
2011, he possessed photographs stored on both a digital camera and a computer. The
photographs showed two minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, Dehkee
admitted possessing between ten and 150 other similar images.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted
by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.

Presently, the Justice Department is funding a study concerning the correlation between
involvement in child pornography and the 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 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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