Sacramento Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mark Corum, 60, of Sacramento, was arraigned today in Sacramento on an indictment charging him with distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According court documents, on June 23, 2016, Corum transmitted images of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct to another person via the internet.
This case was investigated by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department with agents from federal, state, and local agencies. The Sacramento ICAC investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine T. Lydon is prosecuting the case.
Corum is in custody and is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on January 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
If convicted, Corum faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum statutory fine of $250,000. 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 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.