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District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Reno Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Receipt Of Over 2,000 Child Pornography Photos And Videos

RENO, Nev. – A Reno resident who used KIK Messenger to view more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

Ian Michael Ramsey, 21, previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, he will be required under the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA) to register as a sex offender. United States District Judge Miranda Du presided over the sentencing hearing.

According to court documents, Ramsey admitted that he chatted online with others who looked at child pornography on the KIK Messenger application. During chat sessions, he would often suggest engaging in child trafficking and discussed meeting up in Las Vegas to potentially abuse children. During the execution of a search warrant at his residence, law enforcement discovered 500 videos and 1,500 images on his computer. An additional 300 videos had been deleted from his computer, but law enforcement was able to recover them during the investigation.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami prosecuted the case.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, make a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.com.

The 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, 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 June 20, 2018