FRESNO, Calif. - A 31-year old resident of Lemoore, Calif., was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography on charges stemming from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Fresno County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).
Justin Dylan Gipson pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in January and has been in federal custody since. Gipson came to the attention of law enforcement as part of an ongoing effort by ICE and ICAC to identify individuals using peer-to-peer file sharing technology to exchange child pornography.
Following the execution of a search warrant at Gipson's home, agents found numerous images and videos of child pornography on a computer hard drive, including images of minors engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct or other violence.
"This sentence ensures this defendant will be unable to victimize additional children for a long time," said Brian Poulsen, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Fresno. "We owe it to the young victims in these cases to pursue the offenders aggressively, since many of the children who are sexually exploited by those who produce child pornography will bear the emotional scars of the trauma for rest of their lives. ICE remains committed to working with its law enforcement partners to root out these individuals who hide in the shadows of cyberspace to carry out these heinous crimes."
The charges against Gipson are the result of Operation Predator, an ongoing ICE initiative to identify, investigate, and arrest those who prey on children, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood (PSC).
Additional information about Operation Predator is available on the Web at www.ice.gov. ICE encourages the reporting of suspected child predators through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. 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 & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or www.cybertipline.com.
PSC is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the PSC coordinator.