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Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – OAKLAND – United States Attorney Scott N. Schools announced that today Judge Saundra B. Armstrong sentenced defendant Tony Pooya Aflatooni, 28, of Newark, California, to 97 months in prison for receiving child pornography via the internet. Judge Armstrong also ordered Aflatooni to be supervised by a probation officer for 10 years following his release from prison. This sentence is the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Defendant Aflatooni pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A) and (B). According to the plea agreement, Aflatooni admitted to downloading images of child pornography in July 2006, and to possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography. Defendant admitted that some of the images of child pornography he possessed involved children less than 12 years old and involved sadistic and masochistic abuse of children.

Federal agents arrested defendant Aflatooni at San Francisco airport on December 6, 2006. He has been in custody since then. On February 8, 2007, the United States Attorney’s Office filed an Information charging Aflatooni with the one count to which defendant pleaded guilty.

The investigation and prosecution were part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative launched last year by the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at combining federal, state, and local law enforcement resources to bring more online child exploitation prosecutions and to educate the public about the dangers that the internet poses to children.

Doug Sprague is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of legal tech Katie Glynn. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Further Information:

Case #: CR 07-00060 SBA

A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.

Electronic court filings and further procedural and docket information are available at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

Judges’ calendars with schedules for upcoming court hearings can be viewed on the court’s website at www.cand.uscourts.gov.

All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Natalya LaBauve at (415) 436-7055 or by email at [email protected]

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