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Recidivist Sacramento Sex Offender Sentenced to 17.5 Years in Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Michael Joseph Taylor, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Daniel J. Calabretta to 17 years and six months in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for distributing and possessing child sexual abuse material, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, in 2022 and 2023, Taylor used Reddit and Facebook Messenger to distribute multiple images depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Taylor also solicited a person on the internet whom he thought was the mother of daughters, aged four and six years old, to send him explicit images of her purported children. During this time period, Taylor possessed images and videos depicting child sexual abuse in two Google Drive accounts that he controlled.

Taylor’s criminal history includes at least nine prior convictions, including for failing to register as a sex offender in multiple jurisdictions and for attempted sexual abuse of a minor in Oregon. At the time he engaged in this criminal conduct, Taylor was on federal supervised release in Sacramento following a 2021 federal conviction for failing to register as a sex offender.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, which includes the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Stefanki is prosecuting the case.

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 exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated June 27, 2024

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