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Woodland Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Christopher Tomsett, 44, of Woodland, pleaded guilty yesterday to receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, Tomsett came to the attention of law enforcement officials in March of 2010, when agents conducting peer-to-peer file sharing investigations noticed his computer as one that had a large number of child pornography files. A search warrant was executed on Tomsett's house in May 2010, and according to court documents, Tomsett admitted that he had downloaded images of child pornography and had been doing so for approximately one year.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

Tomsett is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr. on July 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The maximum statutory penalty for receiving child pornography is 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and a lifetime period 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.

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