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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 30, 2017

Sacramento Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Alexander Antonio Rojas, 58, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

U.S. Attorney Talbert stated: “Today’s sentence is necessary to protect the public from further crimes by this defendant. He used his relative wealth and privilege in this country to exploit impoverished people overseas. It is our goal to ensure that this defendant never harms another child.”

“This case sends a clear message to those who seek, consume, and distribute child pornography,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Voviette Morgan of the FBI Sacramento field office. “This investigation reminds those who are considering committing similar crimes that the FBI continues to collaborate with our international and task force partners to ensure the exploitation of vulnerable children is investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

According to court documents, between August 5, 2013, and April 5, 2014, Rojas offered to pay money to individuals living in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries to produce photographs and videos of minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In some instances, Rojas sought images of children as young as nine years old.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from 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 prosecuted the case.

Rojas has been in custody since his arrest on June 13, 2014.

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: 
2:14-cr-174 GEB
Updated June 30, 2017