Anchorage Man Sentenced to 17.5 Years Imprisonment for Sexually Exploiting Children
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage, Alaska man was sentenced in Federal Court in Anchorage on two counts of child sexual exploitation crimes. Kevin Callander was convicted of producing child pornography depicting a 10 year old girl. Callander’s victimization of the child began on July 10, 2012, while on a family vacation in Georgia, and continued on July 17, 2012, in Florida. Callander produced videos on those days using his iPhone, and then emailed them in interstate commerce.
Callander, 45, was sentenced January 22, 2015, by United States District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason, to 17.5 years on each of the two convictions. Those sentences will run concurrently to each other, and to a separate 12 year prison term imposed by the State of Alaska for Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Callander’s prison terms will be followed by federal supervised release for the rest of his life.
U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler stated, “The lengthy sentence in this case reflects the victimization perpetrated on innocent victims by Callander. Working with our law enforcement partners to protect children is a top priority and a constant mission.”
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Audrey J. Renschen, Callander was under investigation for trafficking in child pornography by the Anchorage Police Department (APD) when they executed a search warrant at Callander’s home. APD then contacted U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Agents when the videos that Callander produced were found.
Ms. Loeffler commends the USPIS and APD, members of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, for the investigation of this case.
This prosecution is part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing Project Safe Childhood initiative (PSC) which was launched to increase federal prosecutions of sexual predators of children, and to reduce the number of Internet crimes against children including child pornography trafficking. As a part of PSC, the United States Attorney’s Office has teamed with state and local agencies and organizations to increase law enforcement presence on the Internet, and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For additional information on the PSC initiative, please go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska.