Man sentenced for Kern County child porn case after BPD, FBI investigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A man was sentenced for receiving child pornography in Kern County Monday after investigation by the Bakersfield Police Department, the Bakersfield office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others.

United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Christopher Joseph Kirk, 36, of Big Sandy, Tenn., for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Judge O’Neill sentenced Kirk to nine years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. Kirk will be required to register as a sex offender and his access to minors, computers, and the Internet will be restricted.

Kirk pleaded guilty on Sept. 23.

According to court documents, between March 9, 2006, and March 13, 2006, Kirk knowingly received more than 600 images of child pornography in Kern County.

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Many of the images depicted prepubescent minors and some involved violence or sadistic or masochistic conduct or abuse.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Bakersfield, Detroit, Mich., Albany, N.Y., and Tulsa, Okla.

Assistant United States Attorney David Gappa prosecuted the case.

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. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety.
 

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