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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Stockton Man Charged with Distributing Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Jason Solomon, 42, of Stockton, charging him with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, in July 2016, Solomon distributed images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On January 9, 2018, Solomon also possessed a video depicting a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Solomon has been in custody since his arrest on January 9, 2018.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Fogerty is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of distribution of child pornography, Solomon faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The possession of child pornography count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years 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 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: 
2:18-cr-022-TLN
Updated February 1, 2018