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School Custodian Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. – On April 17, 2014, Cecilio Galan, 45, of Metolius, Oregon, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison and 5 years of supervised released for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Defendant possessed child pornography he located on the internet.  He then made that pornography available to others on a file sharing site in the hopes that he could obtain additional child pornography himself.  Defendant carried on his possession and distribution activities while serving as a custodian in a local school and after having served as a reserve police office and a bus driver.  The investigation did not reveal any evidence that Galan had any inappropriate contact with the students at the school where he worked.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Potter.

This case was 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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