WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Man Who Took Sexually Explicit Photographs Of 7-Year-Old And Posted Them Online Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison
RENO, Nev. – A man who took pornographic photographs of a seven-year-old relative and posted them on an Internet file sharing site, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervised release, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Gregorio Evaristo Sarabia-Garcia, 31, of Sparks, Nev., was sentenced on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du. Sarabia-Garcia pleaded guilty on June 3, 2013, to one count of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography.
“The safety and well-being of our children is a top priority for the Department of Justice and our office,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively search out these sexual predators and our office will continue to aggressively prosecute these child exploitation cases to protect our community and our children.”
According to the court records, between March 27 and April 26, 2012, an investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in Reno conducted an online undercover operation on an Internet file sharing network in an effort to identify individuals who were advertising, possessing, and distributing child pornography in northern Nevada. The investigator determined that Sarabia-Garcia, who lived in an apartment in Sparks, had placed numerous images of child pornography on the file sharing network. Investigators obtained and executed search warrants for several computers that Sarabia-Garcia possessed at his apartment, and found pornographic photographs of a seven-year-old relative of Sarabia-Garcia, as well as over 150 additional images of child pornography which Sarabia-Garcia had received from the Internet. These images depicted prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including some files that depicted sadistic and masochistic conduct. Sarabia-Garcia admitted to investigators that he had taken the photographs of his relative with his cellular telephone and transferred them to his computer.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the assistance of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carla Higginbotham.
The case has been brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, 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 United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
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