BPD, FBI investigated case of Tenn. man receiving child porn

FRESNO, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Bakersfield and other agencies help investigate a man receiving child pornography.

Christopher Joseph Kirk, 36, of Big Sandy, Tenn., pleaded guilty today to receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, Kirk admitted that in 2006, while living in Kern County, he knowingly received more than 600 images of child pornography, several of which depicted prepubescent minors, violence, sadistic or masochistic conduct.

This case was the result of investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Bakersfield; Detroit; Albany, N.Y.; and Tulsa, Okla., and the Bakersfield Police Department.

Kirk was remanded into custody today. He will be sentenced on December 16, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill. The plea agreement indicates a sentence of nine years in prison to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, during which his access to computers, the Internet, and minors will be restricted. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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