An Antelope man accused of possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography on his computer and on DVDs pleaded guilty in Sacramento federal court Friday to receiving the illicit images, according to Department of Justice officials.
Gerald J. Ratulowski, 68, of Antelope, faces no less than five years and up to 20 years in prison along with a $250,000 fine.
Authorities with the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, armed with a federal search warrant in October 2012, found several thousand sexually explicit images of children at the man’s home, including scenes of sadistic and masochistic conduct and prepubescent children engaging in sex acts, according to Justice Department officials.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 6 in U.S. District Court in Sacramento before Judge Troy Nunley.
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Last week, a Folsom man was sentenced in federal court to more than seven years in prison on child pornography charges after taking hidden-camera videos with a spy camera located in a bathroom, U.S. attorney’s officials announced.
Daniel Ratner, 45, of Folsom, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court. The sentence was added to an earlier five-year sentence in Sacramento Superior Court on related charges, officials said.
Folsom police and the Sacramento task force had discovered nearly 40 movie files and about 100 illicit images of children on his computers and devices, taken in May 2011 and in August and November 2012, said Justice Department officials.
Among the images was a video that authorities said Ratner took of himself committing sexual battery on a woman under his care in the intensive unit of a hospital where he worked, officials said.
Both the Antelope and Folsom cases were investigated as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Children initiative to increase federal prosecutions of sexual predators of children and reduce trafficking of child pornography.