SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – United States Attorney Scott N. Schools announced that Mark Anthony Arnold, 27, pled guilty in federal court in San Jose today to internet transmission of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. These charges are the result of an undercover “sting” investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”).
Beginning on August 24, 2005, the defendant used a public computer at Cabrillo College to respond to a Yahoo Group controlled by USPIS advertising “pictures of beautiful boys”, with requests for child pornography. Following additional e-mail contact with the defendant, wherein he transmitted child pornography to the undercover, agents of the USPIS arrested him on December 7, 2005 while executing a federal search warrant at his home in Santa Cruz.
Mr. Arnold was detained without bail.
Mr. Arnold was charged in an Indictment filed December 21, 2005 with one count of Transmission of Materials Relating to Sexual Exploitation of Minors, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(1), and one count of Receipt of Materials Relating to Sexual Exploitation of Minors, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(2).
The sentencing of Mr. Arnold is scheduled for June 11, 2007 before Judge James Ware in San Jose. The defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment. The maximum statutory penalty for Transmission of Materials Relating to the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(1) is twenty 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.
The investigation, part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood, is a result of the efforts of the United States Postal Inspection Service. Project Safe Childhood is a national initiative launched last year by the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at combining federal, state and local law enforcement resources in order to bring more online child exploitation prosecutions, and to educate the public about the dangers that the Internet poses to children.
Thomas O’Connell is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of legal technician Tracey Anderson.
Case #:No. CR – 05-00811- JW
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