Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn
Reno, Nev. - A Sparks man was sentenced today in federal court for possessing child pornography, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. EUGENE RAY EVANS, age 57, of Sparks, Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed to 27 months in prison for his guilty plea to Possession of Child Pornography, a felony.
According to court records, on July 27, 2001, law enforcement officers conducted a search at EVANS' residence at 1459 Bluehaven Drive in Sparks, and seized a computer and its hard drive. The hard drive was later examined by law enforcement officers and found to contain images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The images had been shipped via the internet in interstate commerce.
The United States Grand Jury returned Possession of Child Pornography charges against EVANS on September 24, 2003. He was arrested the following day and pleaded guilty to the charges on November 13, 2003.
As part of his guilty plea, EVANS agreed to forfeit the seized computer and hard drive containing the pornographic images. EVANS must serve two years of supervised release following his release from prison and successfully complete sex offender treatment. He will be prohibited from associating with persons under the age of 18 without approval from the probation officer, and prohibited from possessing pornographic material and accessing the internet.
Based on legislative changes passed by Congress last year under the "Protect Act", Pub. L. No. 108-066, 117 Stat. 650, defendants now convicted of similar offenses will be facing a minimum of 41 months imprisonment under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and a 10-year mandatory minimum under federal statutes, if a repeat offender.
Prosecuting crimes against the exploitable is a top prosecution priority for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Nevada. Over the last two years, the U.S. Attorney's Office has experienced a significant increase in referrals of cases involving child pornography. Between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2003, 52 defendants were charged in the District of Nevada with crimes ranging from receipt and possession of child pornography, interstate travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile, and using a computer to entice a juvenile to have sex. In Calendar Year 2004, EUGENE RAY EVANS is the seventh defendant charged with such crimes by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nevada.
This case was investigated by Special Agents of the FBI and Officers with the Sparks, Nevada Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Pugliese.
Report information about child pornography to your Internet Service Provider, your local FBI or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 or www.cybertipline.com.