Dallas Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography from Butte County
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cameron Andrew Garcia, 29, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty today to two counts of receipt of visual depictions of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Garcia formed an online relationship with a minor victim from Butte County and instructed the minor victim to send him sexually explicit photos and videos, which the victim did. Garcia later sent Instagram messages to the same victim, threatening to post sexually explicit images and videos of the victim to public websites unless the victim produced new sexually explicit images and videos for him and sent him money. Garcia also used the Instagram app and the internet to communicate with a second minor victim who he knew was under the age of sixteen, and solicited and received multiple videos of that victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. When this second minor victim was not forthcoming with an additional picture, Garcia again resorted to extortion by threatening to post explicit content of the victim publicly.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina McCall is prosecuting the case.
U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez is scheduled to sentence Garcia on Feb. 13, 2024. On each count of conviction, Garcia faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison (with a minimum sentence of five years in prison), mandatory restitution, up to a lifetime of supervised release, 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.