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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 7, 2016

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Nearly Six Years In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to serve 70 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release following his guilty plea for receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

“The sexual abuse of young victims is deplorable and they are re-victimized each time an image or video file is shared. We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “The defendant is required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) to register as a sex offender and to keep his registration current where he resides, is an employee or a student.”

Shane Richard Gordon, 36, pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2016, to one count of receiving child pornography.

According to court records, on June 1, 2014, a Special Agent for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) launched a file sharing program that permitted access to the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network and identified a computer offering files known to be associated with child pornography images and videos for sharing purposes. The ICE-HSI Special Agent downloaded 50 image files and one video file containing child pornography. On July 31, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Gordon’s residence. Forensic evaluation of the seized digital items revealed child pornography. During an interview, Gordon admitted to downloading and receiving child pornography.

The case was investigated by ICE-HSI, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa Cartier-Giroux and Elham Roohani.

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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated November 7, 2016