Two plead guilty in pornography case
Two Northstar residents recently pled guilty to separate charges in a case involving possession of child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a press release.
U.S. Attorney Paul L. Seave announced that John Claude Parsons, 26, of Placer County, pled guilty April 9 to possession of child pornography.
“On March 22, 1999, Parsons was charged in federal district court with a felony count of child pornography possession,” Seave reported.
“The information charged that on June 8, 1998, in Placer County, Parsons knowingly possessed sexually explicit images of children on computer hard drives and computer diskettes, and charged that Parsons possessed a collection of printed images.”
Seave said Parsons also acceded to the forfeiture of the computer system he had used to obtain the child pornography.
“Parsons used this system, via the Internet, in furtherance of and to facilitate his accessing and storing of child pornography images,” the report stated. “Further, Parsons agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for his crime. He was advised by the court that he will be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to his conviction. Parsons was taken into federal custody after he pled guilty.”
Stuart Charles Feigin, 51, an associate of Parsons and the man with whom Parsons shared a residence in the Northstar area, also pled guilty April 9, for misprision (concealing a felony).
He also agreed to the forfeiture of the computer system which he and Parsons shared.
According to the report, in his guilty plea Feigin agreed that on June 8, 1998:
— Feigin had a residence that he shared with Parsons.
— Feigin provided computer equipment and materials to Parsons.
— Feigin knew that, with the computer equipment and materials that he had provided, Parsons was accessing and possessing sexually explicit images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
— Feigin knew that the depictions accessed and retained by Parsons were unlawful to possess.
— Feigin helped conceal the depictions and did not alert authorities of the depictions obtained by Parsons or inform authorities of the source of the depictions.
Seave reported that Feigin agreed to pay a $30,000 fine pursuant to his conviction.
For the misprision conviction, Feigin faces a maximum of three years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a one-year term of supervised release.
Parsons faces a maximum of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release for his child pornography conviction.
The case was investigated by the South Lake Tahoe Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office has greatly benefited in this prosecution from the thorough and exhaustive investigation of each law enforcement agency,” Seave stated in his report.
“The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI expertly combined their efforts in executing a search warrant in a highly effective manner to uncover Parson’s computerized purveyance of child sexual abuse.”
Assistant U. S. Attorney Miquel Rodriguez prosecuted the case in federal court.
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