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Sacramento Man Sentenced to over 12 Years in Prison for Child Pornography

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced Michael Bailey, 61, of Sacramento, to 12 years and seven months in prison for receipt of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between March 2014 and July 2014, law enforcement officers conducting an undercover investigation into online child pornography being shared over peer-to-peer networks located an internet user in Sacramento making child pornography available for download. When officers executed a search warrant at Bailey’s home, they found a computer containing numerous images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children and making those files available to others over the internet. On May 20, 2016, Bailey pleaded guilty and has been in custody since his arrest on July 22, 2014.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), 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 United States Attorney Matthew G. Morris 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 Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

Updated September 9, 2016

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Press Release Number: 2:14-cr-207 GEB