FRESNO, Calif. - A Bakersfield man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count of receiving child pornography, the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Timothy Dwayne Glenn, 44, of Bakersfield, is scheduled to be sentenced Mary 21. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.
"This case provides yet another cautionary reminder for child predators who mistakenly believe they can preserve their anonymity by sharing child pornography over the Internet," said Michael Toms, resident agent in charge for ICE's HSI in Bakersfield. "Consider that the original case lead that ultimately resulted in the identification of the defendant in Bakersfield was actually developed by the Australian federal police. HSI will continue to work closely with our colleagues here and around the world to ensure that cyberspace affords no protection for those who seek to prey upon and sexually exploit our nation's children."
This investigation is part of ICE's Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who sexually exploit children, the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, which marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and the San Joaquin Valley's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
As part of Operation Predator, ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.
Through Project Safe Childhood, the Department of Justice is seeking to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.