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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Monday, October 31, 2016

Bakersfield Man Indicted for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

FRESNO, Calif. — Colin Lovette Bosby, 49, of Bakersfield, was arraigned today on a three-count indictment charging him with receipt and distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Bosby used a computer to receive and distribute child pornography using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. In addition, he possessed child pornography on two thumb drives. This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Megan A. S. Richards is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Bosby faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a statutory maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine for receipt and distribution of child pornography.  He also faces a minimum 10-year and maximum 20-year sentence for each count of possession of child pornography. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
1:16-cr-171 LJO
Updated November 1, 2016