Sacto 9-1-1
June 25, 2013
Carmichael man sentenced to prison for distributing child porn

A Carmichael man was sentenced today to 11 years and three months in prison for distributing child pornography.

Ray Laurence Howes, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez and will be subject to 20 years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex offender Registration and Notification Act.

According to court documents, in September 2012, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip that Howes had uploaded child pornography to his cloud storage service. A search warrant was obtained, and multiple images of child pornography were found.

During a subsequent search of Howes' residence, agents found more images of child pornography on his computer as well as sexually explicit Yahoo chats with individuals identifying themselves as minors. Howes also possessed non-pornographic digital pictures of minors that he had taken surreptitiously at area schools and playgrounds, officials said.

In a statement to law enforcement officers, Howes admitted receiving and saving images of child pornography. Officials said he also admitted to having had sexual contact with a 7-year-old on two different occasions.

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