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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Los Angeles County Man Indicted on Child Exploitation Charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pedro Luis Millan, aka Peter Millan, 36, of Montebello, was arrested today after a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment last Thursday, charging him with conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, in May 2021, Millan used the Kik messaging application to conspire with another user located in Yuba County to produce an image of a child under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Millan received that image, as well as additional pornographic images of the same child victim, from his co-conspirator over the Kik messaging application.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise N. Yasinow is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child, Millan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of receipt of child pornography, Millan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, 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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 13, 2022