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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sacramento Man Indicted for Possessing Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against David Patrick Seilheimer, 50, of Sacramento, charging him with receiving child pornography and possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between May 2015 and February 7, 2018, Seilheimer, using the internet, downloaded and shared child pornography videos and images. The images included prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity. 

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children 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. Attorneys Roger Yang and Rosanne Rust are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Seilheimer faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 1, 2018