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August 19, 2020San Jose, CA, United StatesChild Exploitation

Bay Area man sentenced to 108 months for child pornography

SAN JOSE, Calif. – On August 18, 2020, Oscar Sepulveda was sentenced to 108 months in prison and ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution for distributing and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) NorCal Special Agent in Charge Tatum King. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Beth L. Freeman, U.S. District Judge.

“We stand ready to protect our community’s most valuable asset, our children,” said Special Agent in Charge Tatum King. “HSI will be continuing working with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners throughout the Bay Area and Northern California in this crucial endeavor.”

According to court documents, Sepulveda admitted to using a website which allowed him to share sexually explicit images with other users and communicate with other users about the images. One such image was shared with 40 other users at one time. The defendant also possessed over 750 sexually explicit images of children on his personal devices. A federal grand jury indicted Sepulveda charging him with one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B), and one count of distribution of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2).

In addition to the 9-year prison term, Judge Freeman also sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution to the victims in an amount to be determined at a later hearing. The defendant was immediately remanded into custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick R. Delahunty prosecuted the case with the assistance of Susan Kreider.

Homeland Security Investigations

HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit and HSI field offices around the world maintain a close partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the fight against child exploitation. Specifically, the unit serves as a liaison with the center, and helps disseminate leads received via NCMEC’s CyberTip Report to more than 60 countries across the globe.

HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit wants you to know how to prevent and report instances of child exploitation. Our partners at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have created the NetSmartz educational outreach program to provide timely and useful information about how to stay safe online.

Updated: 08/20/2020