Stockton Man Sentenced for Downloading Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2012|
SACRAMENTO, CA—United States District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Timothy Gevock, 27, of Stockton, today to five years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, for downloading child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Cyber Crimes Center (C3) Child Exploitation Section (CES); the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force; and the Greater Manchester (England) Police. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case.
According to court documents, in June 2011, the Greater Manchester Police notified the Cyber Crimes Center through Interpol that Gevock, using the e-mail address “email@example.com” had received child pornography from a British national. These images were sent via e-mail by a person named Campbell living in Manchester, England. Campbell was molesting a 4-year-old girl and trading the pictures with people on a Russian photo sharing site, including Gevock. In e-mails recovered during the Interpol investigation, Gevock wrote that he would “love to trade pics” with Campbell. Campbell then sent an e-mail with six images of child pornography attached. Gevock offered to send pictures of a 13-month-old he watched, and he attached a non-pornographic picture of his daughter in the bathtub.
On November 5, 2011, agents executed a federal search warrant at Gevock’s residence and seized multiple computers and storage devices, as well as three cell phones. Located on one of the computers was digital evidence that he had received child pornography, as well as evidence that he had visited the Russian photo-sharing site through which Campbell was trading his child pornography.
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.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “Resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.