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Sacramento Man Indicted for Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Christopher Eric Campbell, 48, of Sacramento, charging him with possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to court documents, Campbell possessed child pornography in March 2023.  The indictment seeks forfeiture of three different electronic devices that Campbell used to commit the offense, including an iPad, a cell phone, and a hard drive.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, including Homeland Security Investigations and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Emily G. Sauvageau is prosecuting the case.

Campbell is in state custody on related charges. If convicted in this case and proven to have a prior conviction under the laws of any State relating to the sexual abuse of a minor, Campbell faces a minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of 20 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 Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.

Updated June 26, 2023

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