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Stockton Man Charged with Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Minors Using Social Media

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment earlier in December against Elmer Yusay Ngo, 28, of Stockton, charging him with one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, four counts of attempted coercion and enticement of minors, and one count of possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. The indictment was unsealed following Ngo’s arrest.

According to court documents, Ngo utilized social media to sexually exploit female minors nationwide. This sexual exploitation included attempting to coerce, entice, and persuade the minors to produce child pornography for Ngo. Ngo also possessed child pornography on his cellphone.

The FBI Sacramento Field Office is seeking to identify potential victims of Elmer Ngo. To assist the investigation and receive information regarding resources available to victims, please complete this questionnaire to the best of your ability:

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Against Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from state and local police departments nationwide. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin F. Scott is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Ngo faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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 exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated December 14, 2023

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