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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 29, 2018

West Sacramento Man Sentenced to over 7 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Zaid Bader Jacob, 49, of West Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to seven years and one month in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

In addition to the prison sentence, Jacob was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and $11,000 in restitution to two victims.

According to court documents, between January and April 2015, Jacob used a peer‑to‑peer file sharing program to search for and download pictures and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Jacob was identified by law enforcement after they identified an IP address at Jacob’s residence that was making child pornography available over the internet via the peer-to-peer program.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department with agents from federal, state, and local agencies. The Sacramento ICAC investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shelley D. Weger 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 U.S. 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: 
2:17-cr-007 TLN
Updated November 29, 2018