Lodi Man Indicted for Distributing Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Jarod Perdichizzi, 29, of Lodi, charging him with distribution of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Perdichizzi used the Kik messenger service to chat online about having sexual contact with a minor female. He then emailed photos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct to an undercover federal agent. After executing a federal search warrant at Perdichizzi’s residence, agents found a thumb drive containing hundreds of images of child pornography. Perdichizzi has been in custody since his arrest on July 28, 2016.
This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Special Assistant United States Attorney Josh F. Sigal is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Perdichizzi faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.