30-Year Prison Term For Turlock Sex Offender
FRESNO, Calif. — Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Jeffrey Randall Metcalfe, 47, of Turlock, to 30 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for receiving and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, agents received information that Metcalfe had used an Internet connection to create at least 17 accounts on a photo-sharing website. Metcalfe had posted numerous images to the site and made comments about his interest in child pornography. When a search warrant was executed at his residence on December 19, 2013, investigators found a computer that contained a screen saver with images of children being sexually exploited as well as thousands of printed and digital images of child pornography. Metcalfe admitted in a plea agreement that between January 2012 and December 1, 2013, he knowingly used a computer and the Internet to receive and distribute images of child pornography. He also admitted that on January 24, 2000, he had suffered a previous conviction in federal court in Fresno for possession of child pornography. He has been detained as a danger to the community and flight risk since his initial appearance in federal court on December 23, 2013.
“Tragically, this case is not unusual — it’s all too common for defendants in child sexual exploitation cases to reoffend,” said Michael J. Toms, the acting assistant special agent in charge who oversees HSI Fresno. “That’s why HSI and its law enforcement partners must remain vigilant. It’s the only way to protect our youth and ensure that individuals, like this defendant, are held accountable for their crimes.”
In sentencing, Judge England referenced the “extremely serious nature of the offense” and that this sentence was necessary to address the defendant’s “level of participation in the process” of the sexual exploitation of minors.
This case was the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Turlock Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gappa prosecuted the case.
It 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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.