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Source: US State of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Augustine Amon Reyes, 33, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 15 years in prison for receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between Oct. 28, 2016, and Nov. 27, 2016, in Kern County, Reyes was found to have received or distributed through the internet between 10 and 150 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The images also included depictions of prepubescent minors. Reyes also engaged in a pattern of activity involving the sexual abuse of minors.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Bakersfield office of Homeland Security Investigations as well as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian W. Enos 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

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