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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Former Fresno Resident and Teacher Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

FRESNO, Calif. — Jack Mootz, 63, of Sacramento, formerly of Fresno, was sentenced on Wednesday to nine years in prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd also imposed a term of supervised release of 15 years during which Mootz will be required to register as a sex offender and his access to the internet, computers, and children will be restricted.

According to court documents, a law enforcement officer in Plano, Texas detected that Mootz was sharing thousands of images of child pornography through the BitTorrent network. Most of the images depicted children as young as infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.

Mootz had been employed in numerous school districts throughout Central California as a teacher, often working with special needs students. Mootz had been living in Fresno but relocated to Sacramento after a search warrant was executed at his residence. Mootz was indicted on March 9, 2017, and pleaded guilty without a plea agreement on May 31, 2017.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Dallas, Texas and Fresno, California as well as the Plano Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gappa 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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
1:17-cr-053 DAD
Updated August 24, 2017