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Lassen County Man Sentenced For Child Pornography Offense

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bruce Austin Watkins, 43, of Westwood, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to seven years and six months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release, for receiving child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, law enforcement executed a search at Watkins’s residence on May 6, 2013. Two laptops and an external hard drive seized from Watkins contained 500 videos and 220 images of child pornography that had been collected by Watkins between January 21, 2007, and April 29, 2013. Among the files were images showing the violent sexual molestation of children as young as toddlers. At the time of the search, Watkins told law enforcement that he had been looking at child pornography online for 15 to 20 years.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern Nevada Child Exploitation Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.

Thisase 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 April 17, 2023

Press Release Number: Docket #: 2:13-cr-268 LKK