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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — David John Cannon, 47, of Bakersfield, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to nine years in prison and a $5,100 penalty assessment for receiving and distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Cannon received and distributed child pornography using a computer from approximately July 2012 until August 2016. He received and distributed over 1,016 images and 32 videos that depicted minors, some of which were prepubescent, engaging in sexual activity.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan A. S. Richards prosecuted the case.

Cannon was ordered to surrender to serve his sentence beginning on January 2, 2019.

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.

Updated November 14, 2018

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 1:16-cr-183-DAD