SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that a federal grand jury in San Jose indicted Randy Lee Snyder, of Monterey, California, on July 12, 2006, with the receipt and possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct over the Internet. These charges are the result of an investigation by the Monterey Police Department, the Monterey District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI.
According to the indictment, Mr. Snyder, 55, is alleged to have used a public computer to access images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
An affidavit by an FBI Special Agent alleges that on October 14, 2005, the Monterey Police Department responded to a report that employees at the Monterey Senior Center in Monterey, California, had personally observed an individual using a public Internet computer to access images of child pornography. By referring to the California Megan’s Law website, the employees identified the subject as Randy Lee Snyder, a registered sex offender. Snyder was subsequently arrested by the Monterey Police Department. According to the complaint, images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were subsequently recovered from an e-mail account used by Snyder.
After a detention hearing in federal court in San Jose on July 5, 2006, Mr. Snyder was detained without bail pending trial.
The maximum statutory penalty for each counts 1-6 , receipt of materials relating to te sexual exploitation of minors, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(2) is twenty years and a fine of $250,000.00. The maximum statutory penalty for count 7 , Possession of materials relating to te sexual exploitation of minors, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(4)(B) is ten years and a fine of $250,000.00. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
An indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Mr. Snyder must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Thomas M. O’Connell is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Susan Kreider, legal tech. The prosecution is the result of an 8 month investigation by the Monterey Police Department, the Monterey District Attorney’s Office, and the San Jose FBI. .
A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.
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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]