A 68-year-old Sacramento man has been sentenced to 11 years and four months in prison for possession of child pornography.
Robert M. Schaefer was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., 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. He surfed the Internet looking for people seeking particular types of photos, which he supplied from his extensive collection.
Schaefer’s computers were seized once by the Sacramento Police Department in 2006, but he rebuilt his pornography collection and began sharing materials again, authorities said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized his computers in 2010 after receiving a tip from the German Federal Police that Schaefer had recently been uploading child pornography to a file-sharing site in Germany.
Judge England, in sentencing Schaefer, noted the volume of child pornography was “astronomical”, according to the news release, and that Schaefer had served as a niche supplier of child pornography to people seeking particular types of images from all over the world. Because of this, Judge England ordered Schaefer to serve 10 years, the maximum allowable under the law, for his offense of possessing child pornography in 2010, followed by 16 additional months for his offense in 2006, for a total sentence of 136 months in prison.
Upon release from prison, Schaefer will be required to spend the remainder of his life under the supervision of a federal probation officer and will be required to register as a sex offender.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Sacramento Police Department.