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Citrus Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Christopher Campbell, 48, of Citrus Heights, pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, in February 2023 Campbell engaged in an online chat with an undercover officer whom Campbell believed was a 13-year-old girl. As a result of the conversations, law enforcement search Campbell’s residence and seized his iPad and cellphone, which contained approximately 517 images and 45 videos of child pornography. Law enforcement also searched Campbell’s Mega cloud storage account, which contained approximately 169 videos of child pornography, including depictions of toddlers and other minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily G. Sauvageau is prosecuting the case.

Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd on Feb. 6, 2024. Campbell faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

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.

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Updated September 26, 2023

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