Bakersfield Man Indicted On Child Porn Charges

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Monday that a grand jury sitting in Fresno, Calif., returned a two-count indictment charging Gilbert Flores, Jr., 32, of Bakersfield, with separate counts of distributing and possessing images of child pornography.

Flores allegedly used the Internet to send, receive, and possess images of child pornography between July and November 2010.

The case is the result of an extensive investigation by the San Joaquin Valley’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, specifically the Bakersfield Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of the United States’ Department of Homeland Security.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Enos.

The investigation was undertaken as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC). PSC is a United States Department of Justice initiative established to increase federal prosecutions of violent sexual predators of children and to reduce the number of Internet crimes against children including child pornography trafficking. As a part of PSC, the United States Attorney’s Office has teamed with state and local agencies and organizations to increase law enforcement presence on the Internet, and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For additional information on the PSC initiative, please go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the PSC coordinator.

The trafficking charge carries a mandatory prison term of between 5 and 20 years, while the possession charge has a maximum prison term of 10 years. Both offenses have a potential fine of $250,000, and a potential lifetime term of supervised release.

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