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Former Scout Leader Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Online Distribution of Child Pornography and Attempted Deletion of Evidence

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dennis Boyle, 53, of Davis, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to seven years in prison for distributing child pornography and obstruction of justice, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents identified a user on a messenger service who was offering videos of child pornography in an online chat room. The investigation led to Boyle’s residence, which was then in Orangevale. Boyle was a financial auditor for the State of California and a charter organization representative for the Boy Scouts.

Between August and October of 2015, Boyle distributed and received depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Boyle obstructed justice when he attempted to persuade a friend to delete electronic evidence stored on a laptop computer and on remote servers. The friend reported the solicitation to authorities, and assisted in the investigation by recording a meeting with Boyle who admitted to viewing, downloading, and distributing child pornography, and, further, admitted to online chats with girls aged 14 to 18.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Segal 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 September 20, 2017

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Press Release Number: 2:16-cr-048-KJM