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Dublin Electrical Engineer is Sentenced to 10 Years for Using the Internet to Obtain Sex with a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 12, 2009
  • Eastern District of California (916) 554-2700

SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that JERALD P. D’SOUZA, 50, of Dublin, Calif., was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 10 years in prison for using the Internet to attempt to commit criminal sex acts with a minor female.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. According to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez, who prosecuted the case, from December 28, 2008, through February 7, 2009, D’SOUZA used the Internet (YAHOO, MySpace, and chat rooms) to entice an individual he believed was a 13-year-old Truckee girl to engage in various sex acts including sexual intercourse. The individual with whom he was communicating was in fact an FBI confidential informant located in El Dorado County.

D’SOUZA then traveled from his home in Dublin to Truckee for the purpose of committing illicit sexual activity with the person whom he believed was a minor. He purchased and brought with him various gifts, condoms, and liquor. He also brought a laptop computer with a webcam, and pornography. D’SOUZA planned to take the minor to a local Truckee motel or a motel in Reno, Nevada. He pleaded guilty to the charges on August 27, 2009. and has been in custody since his arrest on March 6, 2009.

D’SOUZA will likely be deported after completion of his sentence. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the PSC coordinator.

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