Description: Fresno, CA - Kern County Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography Relating to Online Sextortion Scheme
An Arvin man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for child pornography offenses related to the online sextortion of female minors.
Brian Caputo, 27, pleaded guilty to receipt and distribution of child pornography on May 16, 2016. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill sentenced Caputo and also ordered him to serve 15 years of supervised release.
According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, between December 2008 and February 2014, Caputo received on his cell phone and by email at least one image of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and distributed one or more of such images to another minor in order to coerce the minor to produce additional child pornography.
The FBI investigated the case with assistance from the El Paso Police Department and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Outcome: Defendant was sentence to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.