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Metolius man nets over 5 years in prison

For possession, distribution of child pornography


Cecilio Galan, 45, of Metolius, was sentenced April 17 in the U.S. District Court in Eugene to over five years in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.

According to public information officer Gerri Badden, of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon, Galan, who possessed child pornography that he had located on the Internet, made that pornography available to others on a file-sharing site in the hopes that he could obtain additional child pornography himself.

While serving as a custodian at Buff Elementary School and after having served as a reserve police office and a bus driver, Galan continued to possess and distribute materials. However, the investigation did not reveal any evidence that Galan had any inappropriate contact with the students at Buff, where he had been employed from 2000-2011.

Galan was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised released.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Potter.

The 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 U.S. 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 individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."



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