SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – United States Attorney Kevin…

SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that Larry Michael Mead, a former elementary school teacher in Salinas, California, was sentenced today to 72 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. The sentence was imposed by United States District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte in San Jose. The charges were the result of an investigation by the FBI, the Monterey Police Department, and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

Mead, 46, a former teacher at University Park Elementary School, was placed on administrative leave in December 2005. Mead pleaded guilty on July 17, 2006, without a plea agreement, to an information charging him with transmitting and possessing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He admitted to having used a computer to access, transmit, and possess images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from his home in Salinas. During the plea hearing, the federal prosecutor informed the court that Mr. Mead had possessed 303 images and 94 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The prosecutor added that Mr. Mead had uploaded several such images onto a file sharing network.

State prosecutors with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office charged Mr. Mead in October 2005 with downloading child pornography on his computer at the school. Those charges are still pending. Mr. Mead began serving his federal sentence immediately, and will now be returned to Monterey County to face the state charges. Thomas O’Connell is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuted the case with the assistance of legal technician Susan Kreider.

Further Information:

Case #: CR-06 – 0030 RMW

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 Luke Macaulay at (415) 436-6757 or by email at [email protected]

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