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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Repeat Child Pornography Offense

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Marc Christopher Turner, 44, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents searched Turner’s apartment in September 2016. Review of Turner’s computer located 90 videos and 171 still images depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of minors. At the time of the search, Turner was a registered sex offender based on a prior conviction in federal court in Sacramento for distributing child pornography.

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 Matthew G. Morris is prosecuting the case.

Turner is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley on May 31, 2018. Turner faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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: 
2:16-cr-186-TLN
Updated March 15, 2018