FRESNO - One man was sentenced and another pleaded guilty to child pornography offenses in separate cases in federal court today, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
Ceres Police, through its high tech crimes unit, helped discover the crimes were being committed.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill sentenced Kevin Munoz, 24, of Modesto, Tuesday to six years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for his conviction of one count of receipt of child pornography. According to the plea agreement, between Dec. 25, 2011, and April 20, 2012, Munoz knowingly received or distributed more than 600 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images were of prepubescent minors and some images depicted violence.
The case is the result of an investigation by the Ceres Police with assistance from theFBI.
In another case, Allen Kendrick, 47, of Escalon, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography from June 2013 through December 2013. According to a criminal complaint, Google reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that on December 10, 2013, six images of suspected child pornography were associated with a Google account. NCMEC referred the matter to law enforcement, and a detective with the Ceres Police Department discovered that the Google account had been accessed from residences in Modesto and Escalon. Kendrick was a registered sex offender on GPS location monitoring, and GPS records confirmed that he was at the residences when the accounts had been accessed. Kendrick was ordered detained as a danger to the community and a flight risk on March 11 at his initial court appearance.
Kendrick faces a sentence of 15 to 40 years in prison, a potential lifetime term of supervised release and $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on August 11.
The Kendrick case is the result of an investigation by the Ceres Police Department and the Modesto FBI Office with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Parole Operations.
Assistant United States Attorney David Gappa is prosecuting both cases. They have been 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.