Rancho Cordova Man Found Guilty of Receipt of Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, after a one-day bench trial, U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. found Christopher Geanakos, 30, of Rancho Cordova, guilty of one count of receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to evidence presented at trial, law enforcement identified a computer at Geanakos’s residence offering images of child pornography through a file-sharing network. During the execution of a search warrant, law enforcement identified Geanakos’s desktop computer as the source for the online images. Law enforcement subsequently performed a forensic examination of this computer and confirmed that multiple images and movies depicting child pornography had been downloaded onto the computer between 2010 and 2013, including images that depicted infant and toddler victims.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Audrey B. Hemesath and Shelley D. Weger are prosecuting the case.
Geanakos is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Burrell on May 19, 2017. Geanakos faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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.
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 U.S. 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.