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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Olivehurst Man Arrested For Receipt Of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An indictment was unsealed today after the arrest of John Maasen, 64, of Olivehurst, who is charged with receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between March 26, 2013, and January 15, 2019, Maasen knowingly received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shea J. Kenny and Amy Schuller Hitchcock are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Maasen faces a minimum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, as well as 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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
2:19-cr-119 JAM
Updated July 25, 2019