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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 17, 2016

Sacramento Man Found Guilty of Receipt of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a five-day trial, a federal jury found Albert Lee Mitchell, 69, of Sacramento, guilty of one count of receipt of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

On November 15, 2012, Mitchell was indicted on a single count of receipt of child pornography. According to the indictment, between April 16, 2012, and November 5, 2012, Mitchell received images of child pornography via the internet.

According to evidence produced at trial, on November 5, 2012, a search warrant was executed at Mitchell’s residence after law enforcement identified an IP address located there offering files of child pornography. At the time of the search, dozens of images of suspected child pornography were set to be downloaded on a file-sharing network on a computer located at the search site. Mitchell admitted to ownership of the computer and to being its sole user. A forensic review of the computer and other devices found in Mitchell’s home office revealed a collection of thousands of depictions of child pornography.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Audrey B. Hemesath and Josh F. Sigal are prosecuting the case.

After the jury announced its verdict, Mitchell was taken into custody as a danger to the community. Mitchell is scheduled to be sentenced on September 28, 2016, by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. Mitchell faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
2:12-cr-401-KJM
Updated June 17, 2016