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Butte County Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Keith Joseph Banning, 59, of Magalia, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, an undercover investigation revealed that in June through August of 2012, an Internet user at Banning’s home address was using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to share pictures and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, including a number of videos involving children under the age of 10. A search warrant executed at Banning’s home revealed that his computers contained hundreds of videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, and that at various times many of those videos were made available to others over the Internet through a file-sharing network. Banning was caught in another state living under a false name, and had rebuilt his collection of child pornography while living on the run.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Matthew G. Morris prosecuted the case.

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.

Updated October 20, 2015

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 2:14-cr-085 JAM