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Sacramento man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

A 68-year-old Sacramento man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Robert M. Schaefer entered the plea in federal court in Sacramento on Thursday, four days before his trial was set to begin, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Court documents show that from 2001 to 2010, Schaefer uploaded to various file-sharing websites thousands of images of children being sexually exploited, including children younger than 10 years old. Authorities said Schaefer surfed the Internet looking for people seeking particular types of photos, and he then shared photos from his extensive collection.

Schaefer’s computers were seized by the Sacramento Police Department in 2006, but he rebuilt his pornography collection and began collecting and sharing the materials again, authorities said. The FBI seized his computers in 2010 after the German Federal Police provided a tip that Schaefer had recently uploaded child pornography to a file-sharing site there.

Schaefer is to be sentenced June 25 by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Sacramento Police Department.

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