Google Tip Leads to 30-Year Prison Sentence

Fresno, California - United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Alan Kendrick, 47, of Escalon, to 30 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for his conviction of one count of receiving and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to a criminal complaint, Google reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that on December 10, 2013, six images of suspected child pornography were associated with a Google account. NCMEC referred the matter to law enforcement, and a detective with the Ceres Police Department discovered that the Google account had been accessed from residences in Modesto and Escalon. Kendrick was a registered sex offender on GPS location monitoring, and GPS records confirmed that he was at the residences when the accounts had been accessed. He admitted in a plea agreement that between June and December 2013, he received and distributed images of child pornography and also admitted that he had engaged in a pattern of abuse or exploitation of a minor.

“This case is another example of the successful partnership among the corporate, nonprofit, and law enforcement community,” said Supervisory Special Agent Todd Irinaga of the Sacramento FBI’s Modesto office. “The report of Kendrick’s illicit activity, even though he was still on parole, was immediately routed to the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force. The team, in conjunction with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and with significant assistance from the Ceres Police Department’s High Tech Crime unit, investigated this horrible crime and ensured successful prosecution of Kendrick for his crime that victimized innocent children.”

At Kendrick’s first initial appearance in federal court on March 11, 2014, he was ordered detained as a danger to the community and a flight risk. He pleaded guilty on May 27, 2014.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Ceres Police Department and the Modesto FBI Office with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Parole Operations. Assistant United States Attorney David Gappa prosecuted the case.

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.

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