U.S. Air Force Member Charged with Producing and Receiving Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment Thursday against Bryce Carter Studebaker, 22, currently stationed at Beal Air Force Base, charging him with four counts of producing and attempting to produce child pornography and four counts of receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Studebaker was arrested this morning.
According to court documents, Studebaker produced and received sexually explicit images of a minor on four occasions between December 31, 2017, and March 30, 2018.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney André M. Espinosa is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Studebaker faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison for each count of producing and attempting to produce child pornography, a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison for each count of receiving child pornography, and a $250,000 fine on all counts. 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.