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Sacramento man draws 10-year prison sentence for receiving child porn

A Sacramento man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Albert Lee Mitchell, 69, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. His term in prison is to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

A federal jury found Mitchell guilty in June following a five-day trial.

On Nov. 5, 2012, agents executed a search warrant at Mitchell’s residence after they identified an IP address at that location offering files of child pornography, according to evidence presented during the trial.

Dozens of images of suspected child pornography were set to be downloaded from a file-sharing network on Mitchell’s computer. Mitchell admitted that he owned the computer and that he was its sole user. A forensic review of the computer and other devices found in his home office revealed a collection of thousands of depictions of child pornography.

Federal authorities said Mitchell obstructed justice by lying under oath during the trial and trying to blame a former friend for his crime. Mitchell testified about a computer password that he alleged his friend had stolen. Mitchell suggested that the password had been found in a box containing his friend’s belongings.

At Mitchell’s sentencing, Judge Mueller found that he had committed a serious crime and compounded it by presenting a perjured defense at trial. She also found that the images had been carefully cataloged and arranged, indicating an “obsessive interaction” with the images, prosecutors said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy