San Diego Man Sentenced to 10 Years After Pleading Guilty to Child Pornography

November 17, 2011 by  
Filed under San Diego Bail Bonds

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Nicholas James Ferguson was sentenced these days in federal court in San Diego by United States District Court Judge John A. Houston to serve 130 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, based upon his conviction for receipt of kid pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2). Ferguson tendered his guilty plea on March 17, 2011.

According to the court records, Ferguson admitted that in between March 22, 2010 and October 14, 2010, he knowingly received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Throughout the sentencing hearing, Judge Houston noted that Ferguson was previously convicted of a sex offense involving a 9-year-old. In the time of his arrest, Ferguson was a registered sex offender. “This sentence sends a message that recidivist kid sex offenders, including those that continue to sexually exploit children via child pornography, will not be tolerated in this community,” stated United States Attorney Duffy.

This case stems from an investigation by the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Job Force (ICAC), whose members include the Chula Vista Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the San Diego Police Department, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the United States Attorney’s Workplace, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the United States Marshals Service, the Regional Pc Forensics Laboratory, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the National City Police Department, the La Mesa Police Department, the Oceanside Police Department, the El Cajon Police Department, and also the San Diego State University PoliceDepartment. For extra information concerning ICAC, please go to www.sdicac.org

As a San Diego Bail Bonds agent, we seldom bail out criminals like this. There are some San Diego Bail Bonds companies that might write a bond such as these. When the defendant was arrested the bail was probably set above $100,000. This type of crime carries a very high bail and this scenario is no different. For the defendant to work with a bail bonds company they would have to come up with 10% of the total bail. The 10% is regulated by the California Department of Insurance. That means that if the bail was at least $100,000, the defendant would need to have $10,000 cash or credit. Plus the bail bonds company would definitely need some sort of collateral. Collateral would be like a home with at least $100K equity in it or maybe even a Trust Fund account with at least that amount.

These instances are being brought as part of Project Secure Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to safeguard children from online exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and nearby resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit kids through the internet, also as identify and rescue victims.

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