Sacramento Man Charged with Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography Using Children in the Philippines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Michael Carey Clemans, 55, of Sacramento, charging him with a conspiracy to produce child pornography, production and receipt of child pornography, and the buying of children, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, beginning in June 2014, Clemans conspired with a woman in the Philippines to produce child pornography. During most of the conspiracy, Clemans resided in Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked as an airline pilot. In April 2015, Clemans returned to his Sacramento residence and continued his overseas conspiracy using his Yahoo! account to chat online with the Filipino woman. In these chats, Clemans discussed various strategies to obtain minor females to engage in sexually explicit conduct. They discussed details of the photo shoots, with Clemans asking for additional photos and expressing his desire to have sex with girls as young as eight years old. Over the course of the conspiracy, Clemans paid thousands of dollars to the woman so she would orchestrate sexually explicit photo shoots of underage girls, buy photographic equipment, and rent discrete photo shoot locations, among other things. The government alleges that on multiple occasions, payments were made to the guardians of children in the Philippines in exchange for temporary custody of the children so that the child pornography could be produced. Clemans was arrested by federal authorities in July 2015.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney Josh F. Sigal is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Clemans faces a maximum statutory penalty of life 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.