Sacramento Man Indicted for Receipt of Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment today against William Lamar Blessett, 38, of Sacramento, charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, a search of Blessett’s home revealed child pornography on at least six separate electronic devices, including a laptop, three smart phones, and two tablets.
This case was the product of an investigation 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 Amy Schuller Hitchcock is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Blessett faces a minimum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, as well as 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.