Clovis Man Convicted For Trafficking Child Pornography
FRESNO, Calif. — Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii today found Todd Douglas Udall, 49, of Clovis, guilty of one count of attempted and actual distribution and receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The guilty verdict came at the conclusion of a trial before Judge Ishii that began earlier this week.
According to a criminal complaint, Udall came to the attention of the Clovis Police Department when a 13-year-old girl disclosed that Udall had been sending her sexually themed electronic text messages. He sent messages to her cellphone and communicated with her through Facebook. Investigators obtained a warrant to search Udall’s residence, and they located a laptop computer, a desktop computer, and an external hard drive. When those items were reviewed, investigators discovered that Udall had been engaging in sexually explicit chat communications with dozens of people, many purporting to be minors, at various locations in and outside of the United States. Many of the chats discussed the receipt and distribution of images of child pornography as well as the desire to engage in sexual activities with children. Judge Ishii found, based on evidence introduced at the trial, that Udall had received and distributed numerous images of child pornography on dates from as early as February 2007 until just prior to the seizure of his computers on September 23, 2009. Udall has been in federal custody since his initial appearance in federal court on July 21, 2010, as both a danger to the community and a flight risk.
The court has scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Udall faces a minimum prison term of five years with a maximum term of 20 years as well as a potential $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release. 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 the result of an investigation by the Clovis Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys David Gappa and Megan Richards prosecuted the case.The case is 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.justice.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.