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

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Yuba County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — John Maasen, 64, of Olivehurst, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Maasen pleaded guilty in June 2020, and according to the plea agreement, on Jan. 16, 2019, Maasen knowingly possessed visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shea J. Kenny and Amy S. Hitchcock 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.

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Updated September 29, 2020