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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 22, 2014

District Man Sentenced To Over 11 Years In Prison For Child Pornography And Child Sexual Abuse ChargesMore Than 700 Videos And 100 Images Of Child Pornography Seized In Search Of Defendant’s Residence

     WASHINGTON – Cristian Gutierrez, 22, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 11 years and three months in prison on child pornography and child sexual abuse charges, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Washington, D.C., and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

     Gutierrez pled guilty in June 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of possession of child pornography and two counts of second-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Senior Judge Gladys Kessler. Upon completion of his prison term, Gutierrez will be placed on 15 years of supervised release. During his supervised release, Gutierrez is subject to limitations on computer and Internet use and restrictions on contact with minors. He also must undergo sex offender testing and treatment. Finally, he must register for at least 25 years as a sex offender.

     According to the government’s evidence, a law enforcement investigation determined that, between May 4, 2013 and Aug. 13, 2013, Gutierrez received and possessed child pornography on his personal laptop computer and other electronic storage devices at his residence. On various dates during that time-frame, he downloaded numerous images and videos depicting child pornography to his computer using a peer-to-peer file sharing program and made those files available for downloading by other users of the program.

     On Aug. 16, 2013, pursuant to a warrant, law enforcement searched the defendant’s residence. Law enforcement located a total of more than 700 videos and more than 100 images depicting child pornography on the laptop and other electronic storage devices. Gutierrez initially denied possessing child pornography, but eventually admitted that he downloaded the suspected child pornography files that were on the laptop computer.

     The search led to evidence of the defendant’s other conduct. An investigation revealed that between April and August of 2013, on at least five occasions, Gutierrez touched the genitals on top of the clothing of two 12-year-old boys.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen, Special Agent in Charge Settles, and Chief Lanier praised the work of the HSI Special Agents who investigated the case and expressed appreciation for the assistance of MPD detectives. They also commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassidy Kesler Pinegar, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015