McFarland man sentenced for receiving child pornography

Access to computers, minors, Internet restricted

FRESNO, Calif. - A McFarland man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for receiving child pornography. The man is a previously registered sex offender.

Cass Eugene Mitchell, 30, of McFarland, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 25 years of supervised release, for receiving images of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

“As this sentencing makes unmistakably clear, child sex predators will receive the justice they are due for their despicable actions,” said Michael Toms, resident agent in charge of Homeland Security Bakersfield. “We will continue to aggressively target those who prey upon and sexually exploit our children. We owe it to the young victims in these cases, who will carry the emotional and physical scars of these crimes for the rest of their lives.”

According to court documents, when Mitchell received images of child pornography, he was serving a term of supervised release for a previous conviction related to possession of child pornography. He was sentenced on September 25, 2006, to four years and three months in prison and 15 years of supervised release. He violated conditions of that term of supervised release by unlawfully using a controlled substance, and on May 21, 2012, he was sentenced to six months in prison.

According to court documents, Mitchell violated the terms of his latest supervised release by unlawfully using a controlled substance, accessing the Internet without authorization, and between January 2011 and January 21, 2013, downloading images of child pornography. Many of the images depicted prepubescent minors, and several depicted violence or sadistic or masochistic conduct.

After his 15-year-prison term, he will be required to register as a sex offender, and his access to computers, minors, and the Internet will be restricted. He has been detained as a flight risk and danger to the community since March 11, 2013.

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