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Chico Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Filming his Sexual Abuse of a Child

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nathan Alexander Drury, 39, of Chico, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 15 years in prison for production of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between January 1, 2012, and December 1, 2014, Drury filmed images of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including a 47-second video of a nude child who was under the age of 12. That video that Drury produced shows Drury sexually abusing the child.

“Homeland Security Investigations will do whatever it takes to investigate these people who are a scourge to society and prey on innocent children,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge for HSI in Northern California and Northern Nevada. “This type of crime is way too prevalent; but let this serve as a warning for any of those engaged in this illicit and egregious activity – the investigators of the federal government will hold you responsible for your actions.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Chico Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Fogerty 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 education.

Updated April 6, 2018

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 2:15-cr-108 GEB