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Stockton man pleads guilty to downloading child porn
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Stockton man pleads guilty to downloading child porn

STOCKTON - In a press release Friday, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced that Kenneth Warner Kilburn, 52, of Stockton, pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, in 2008, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a Cybertipline report identifying Kilburn as someone who had accessed a “child model” newsgroup on the Internet. In late 2009, law enforcement identified a computer at Kilburn’s address as offering files of known child pornography. Between November 19, 2009, and December 1, 2009, law enforcement identified 381 different files of child pornography that Kilburn was offering to others to download through a file-sharing network. On January 13, 2010, police officers searching his residence found two computers that contained child pornography. Forensic evidence from the computers showed that Kilburn had been viewing child pornography just a few hours before the search warrant was executed, and that he had over 1,000 pictures and videos showing the sexual molestation of children.

Kilburn is scheduled to be sentenced on August 25, 2011. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and a life term of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC mobilizes 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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