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South Lake Tahoe Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Timothy Mackey, 39, of South Lake Tahoe, charging him with distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between Feb. 5 and Feb. 26, Mackey distributed visual depictions of children engaging in sexually explicit activity. Mackey worked as a snowboarding instructor and had applied to become a foster parent prior to his arrest.

Anyone who has information related to this case or who believes their child may be a victim can contact the FBI at

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mira Chernick is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mackey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Click on the “resources” tab for information.

Updated June 18, 2020

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