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Lodi Man Convicted of Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that on Thursday, September 16, 2010, Duke Nottingham, 60, of Lodi, was convicted of distributing and possessing images of child pornography. A federal court jury in Sacramento returned the guilty verdict after a four-day trial before United States District Judge John A. Mendez.

According to testimony presented at trial, Nottingham, using an online file-sharing program, distributed images of minors being sexually exploited. Federal agents testified that in July 2009, Nottingham made more than 500 images and 200 videos available for an undercover agent to download from his computer, and that when they seized Nottingham’s computer in October 2009, they found that Nottingham possessed more than 1,400 images of minors being sexually exploited.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Carolyn K. Delaney and Dominique N. Thomas.

Nottingham was remanded into federal custody after the verdict was returned and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mendez on December 14, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. The maximum statutory penalty for distributing child pornography is 20 years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000 and a lifetime term of supervised release; the maximum statutory penalty for possessing child pornography is 10 years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and a lifetime term of supervised release. The sentence the defendant will receive, 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.

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