A Winters man, described as a registered sex offender with a history of failing to update his registration information, has been sentenced to 13 years and one month in prison for receiving child pornography.
Michael Rea, 26, was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
In September 2013, according to court documents, Rea was on probation for a prior conviction for failing to register as required by California’s sex offender registration laws. Agents with the Sacramento Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force and the FBI found Rea living with a child at a location where he was not registered to live. When the agents searched Rea’s belongings, they found a DVD containing six movies of children being sexually abused, authorities said.
Rea has been in custody since his 2013 arrest.
The Sacramento Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force is a multijurisdictional team created with grant funding from the California Office of Emergency Services. The task force is composed of members from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Probation Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. It receives support from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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