Sacramento, California - U.S. District Judge Kimberley J. Mueller sentenced Emanuel Mois, 26, of Citrus Heights to 24 years and four months in prison to be followed by a lifetime term of supervision, for receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, between November 2016 and February 2017, Mois knowingly received and saved images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit activity onto his cellphone. At the time he received the images, Mois was on parole monitor for a state conviction for child pornography and was required to wear an ankle monitor. In addition, he had a prior state conviction for sexual battery of a minor.

In pronouncing the sentence, Judge Mueller cited Mois’ aggravated criminal history, which included numerous offenses against children, and the need to protect the public from someone who appears to be “a sexually deviant child predator.”

“Child pornography is the end-product of the victimization of our communities’ youngest and most vulnerable members,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “It is a crime that can have an effect on victims well after the material is initially produced and distributed. Mois’ actions are particularly concerning since he was on parole for assaulting a child at the time he was found with child pornography. The FBI is committed to working with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to ensure anyone who produces, obtains or shares such exploitive and illegal content faces justice to both punish those who exploit children but also to deter the behavior.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI, the Citrus Heights Police Department, and the Roseville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Schuller Hitchcock prosecuted the case.

This 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 United States 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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.