Roseville Man Indicted for Child Exploitation and Distribution of Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Brian Baptiste Formiconi, 39, of Roseville, charging him with sexual exploitation of a child, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigated a series of groups of users who were trading child pornography using Kik Messenger. Eventually, it was discovered that a user, whose account was traced to Roseville, was trading child pornography with at least three members of these groups. Further investigation lead to a search warrant for Formiconi’s home. During the search, at least one child pornography video was found on a laptop in the home.
This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Audrey Hemesath and Roger Yang are prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Formiconi faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 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.