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Google tip lead to child porn conviction

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Monday with the help of Google, a California man was sentenced for downloading and distributing child pornography. According to the criminal complaint in December of 2013, Google reported that unlawful images were being shared by a Goggle email account. Google made the report to Google reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Due to the tip and the follow up investigation, United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Alan Kendrick, 47, of Escalon, to 30 years in prison. This is to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for his conviction of one count of receiving and distributing child pornography,

According to the criminal complaint child pornography was found to be associated with the Google account that was proven to be Kendrick’s and Ceres police found that the account had been accessed from homes in Escalon and Modesto from June 2013 through December 2013.Police were able to confirm that was in those homes during the time of the exchange of pornography due to the fact that Kendrick was a registered sex offender on GPS location monitoring, and GPS records confirmed that he was at the homes when the accounts were accessed.

Supervisory Special Agent Todd Irinaga of the Sacramento FBI’s Modesto office, stated that “This case is another example of the successful partnership between the corporate, nonprofit, and the law enforcement community,” and continued that “ in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and with significant assistance from the Ceres Police Department’s High Tech Crime unit, they investigated this horrible crime and ensured successful prosecution of Kendrick for his crime that victimized innocent children.”

According to court records, 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. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the case of Alan Kendrick was investigated as part of Project Safe Childhood. The program is a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.