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Northern District of California

Friday, June 8, 2018

Bay Area Man Sentenced To Ten Years’ Imprisonment For Transporting And Possessing Child Pornography

Defendant was caught with child pornography upon returning to the U.S. from Cambodia

SAN FRANCISCO – Randall Steven Curtis was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for transporting and possessing child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Susan Illston, Senior U.S. District Judge.

Curtis, 62, of Morgan Hill, pleaded guilty to the charges on July 13, 2017.  The investigation began when his luggage was flagged for a secondary inspection at the San Francisco International Airport upon his return from Cambodia.  In Curtis’s luggage, Customs and Border Protection agents found six electronic devices containing child pornography and a falsified identification card for an individual known as “C.C.”  According to the plea agreement, Curtis admitted that his devices contained more than 600 images depicting child pornography, including images depicting bondage and penetration and images of toddlers and infants engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  In addition, Curtis admitted that his devices contained sexually explicit images of C.C. exposing her genitals—images he admitted to taking on a 2016 trip to Cambodia.  Had the case gone to trial, the government would have presented evidence that C.C. was just sixteen years old at the time the photographs were taken.  

A federal grand jury indicted Curtis on December 15, 2016, charging him with one count each of transporting child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(1), and possession of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B).  Curtis pleaded guilty to both charges.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Illston also sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution to the victims in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.  The defendant was immediately remanded into custody.

Assistant United States Attorneys Shailika S. Kotiya and Julie D. Garcia are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Alycee Lane and Maria Sunga.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by HSI.

Updated June 8, 2018