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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Monday, September 12, 2016

Lemoore Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

FRESNO, Calif. — Robert Wallace Smith, 39, of Lemoore, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 20 years in prison, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for receipt and distribution of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

On May 27, 2016, a federal jury found Smith guilty after a four-day trial. According to evidence presented at trial, Smith first came to the attention of law enforcement after he made child pornography available for distribution online using a file-sharing program. On December 23, 2011, agents executed a federal search warrant at Smith’s residence and seized his laptop computer, which contained a collection of 388 videos and pictures of children being sexually abused.

At trial, Smith took the stand, denying that he had any knowledge of the content on the computer. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Drozd found that Smith had obstructed justice by offering false testimony at his trial.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorneys Megan A. S. Richards and John R. Edwards are prosecuting the case.

Smith has been in custody since his trial in May 2016.

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Updated September 12, 2016