FRESNO, Calif. - A Bakersfield, Calif., man was sentenced Friday in federal court to 19 years and two months in prison for distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and production of obscene images depicting the sexual abuse of children. The case is the result of an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The prison term for Danny Gordon Teague, 56, will be followed by a 15-year term of supervised release during which his access to minors, computers, and the Internet will be restricted. The judge also ordered Teague to forfeit property used to commit the offense, as well as pay $750 in restitution.
According to court documents, Teague was targeted by law enforcement in 2005 because he appeared to be making images of known child pornography available through a peer-to-peer file sharing program. When a search warrant was executed at Teague's home on Nov. 30, 2005, agents discovered a desktop computer that belonged to him.
Forensic analysis of that computer revealed the presence of approximately 760 still images and 11 videos of child pornography, some depicting victims as young as 5 years old being sexually abused. A jury found Teague guilty on all counts on Feb. 11.
"Today's prison sentence is fitting for someone who robs children of their innocence and continues to sexually exploit them by producing and trading the illegal images with predators around the world," said Michael Toms, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Bakersfield. "Investigating this type of criminal activity is a priority for ICE and we will continue to dedicate our resources to identify and bring to justice other child predators who victimize children in this same manner."
This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood and ICE's Operation Predator, national initiatives targeting those who sexually exploit children. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
As part of ICE's Operation Predator, the public is encouraged to report suspected child predators and suspicious activity by contacting ICE's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.