SAN FRANCISCO – Ryan Recaido Patacsil was sentenced to 9 years in prison for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down yesterday by the Honorable Maxine M. Chesney, U.S. District Judge, following Patacsil’s guilty plea to the charge on August 2, 2017.
According to his guilty plea, Patacsil, 40, of Daly City, California, admitted to using peer-to-peer software to access and download child pornography, including images of minors younger than 12 years old and portrayals of sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler. Patacsil acknowledged that he knowingly possessed numerous digital files that contained depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a variety of digital devices he kept in his home. Patacsil also admitted that the software he used to access and download child pornography on the internet also allowed other people to download the pornography from his computer. Patacsil acknowledged he possessed more than 600 images constituting child pornography.
On April 11, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Patacsil with one count each of possession of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B), and receipt of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2252(a)(2)(B) and (b)(1). Pursuant to his guilty plea, Patacsil pleaded guilty to the receipt charge, and the possession charge was dismissed.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesney ordered Patacsil to serve a 7-year period of supervised release to follow his custodial sentence. Patacsil has been in custody since his arrest in February 2017, and he will begin serving the sentence immediately.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew F. Dawson is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Wincy Wong and Marina Ponomarchuk. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI.