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Eastern District of California

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Butte County Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joshua Landon Klipp, 34, of Chico, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for one count of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on September 13, 2013, Klipp brought his cellphone for repairs to a Chico repair service. Before beginning repair work, the technician tested the cellphone and observed numerous images of suspected child pornography. The technician contacted the Chico Police Department. Officers obtained a warrant and searched the phone, finding numerous images of suspected child pornography.

Further investigation revealed that between May 13, 2013, and July 10, 2013, Klipp persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of those acts and for the purpose of transmitting live visual depictions of that conduct. Klipp received these images from the minor as well as other images through the internet between March 20, 2013, and September 18, 2013.

On March 11, 2016, Klipp pleaded guilty to the charges. According to the factual basis in the plea agreement, Klipp was required to register as a sex offender under California Penal Code Section 290 after being convicted of sex offenses involving a minor in 2009 in Butte County.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Chico Police Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant United States Attorney André M. Espinosa 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

2:14-cr-107 GEB
Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 9, 2016