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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 17, 2022

Repeat Sacramento Sex Offender Indicted for Possessing Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joshua Klomp, 47, of Sacramento, was arrested today after a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging him with possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, during a probation visit in 2018, Klomp was found to be in possession of two cellphones that contained thousands of images and video files of child pornography. In 2006, Klomp was convicted for possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release. A condition of his release is that he could not possess or use computers or devices with access to the internet. Prior to the 2006 federal conviction, Klomp was convicted in Butte County of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of fourteen.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Stefanki is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Klomp 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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 17, 2022