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Turlock Man Sentenced to over 8 Years in Prison for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

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

FRESNO, Calif. — Gary Gene Bishop, 43, of Turlock, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to eight years and four months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for receiving and distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between July 27, 2016 and August 22, 2016, in Stanislaus County, Bishop was found to have received and distributed through the internet over 100 videos and 5,000 image files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The images also involved the portrayal of sadistic, masochistic, and other depictions of violence, and included depictions of pre-pubescent minors.

This case was the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Turlock Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian W. Enos 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 25, 2018

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 1:17-cr-100-DAD