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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

Sacramento Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Robert Charles Chavez, 33, of Sacramento, was sentenced today to 11 years and one month in prison for receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, in March 2015, Chavez used peer-to-peer file sharing software to download from the internet videos and images of nude prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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. Attorneys Brian A. Fogerty and Mira Chernick prosecuted the case.

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: 
2:15-cr-119-GEB
Updated November 15, 2019