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Central Coast Man Arrested for Possessing, Receiving, and Distributing Child Pornography

FBI Los Angeles June 17, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested last week on federal charges alleging he received, possessed, and distributed child pornography, announced Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, and Andrė Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Central District of California.

Bruce Klickstein, 59, was arrested Wednesday, June 12 by FBI agents without incident after being named in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. During his initial court appearance on Thursday afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Klickstein was released to serve home detention pending trial. A trial date is scheduled for August 6 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

During 2012, agents joined an investigation that was being conducted by the Arroyo Grande Police Department (AGPD). AGPD detectives who were conducting an undercover investigation online suspected that Klickstein was in possession of child pornography. Detectives later obtained a search warrant for Klickstein’s residence, where they found at least one computer that contained child pornography.

The indictment charges Klickstein with the possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography. If convicted on all charges, Klickstein faces a statutory maximum sentence of 50 years in prison (20 each on distribution and receipt; 10 for possession).

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is urged to contact the FBI or the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

This continuing investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Arroyo Grande Police Department. Klickstein also faces state charges by the District Attorney in San Luis Obispo County. Klickstein is being prosecuted federally by the United States Attorney’s Office.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

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