Truckee man, roommate plead in child pornography investigation
A Truckee man pleaded guilty Friday in federal district court to a felony count of possession of child pornography.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John Claude Parsons, 26, was charged March 22 with having a collection of sexually explicit images of prepubescent boys on computer hard drives and diskettes. Parsons obtained some of the images through the Internet.
Parsons’ arrest was No. 5 in a string of similar cases found in the Sierra foothills, officials said. Other child pornography cases involving the Internet have been found in Placerville, Nevada City and two in El Dorado Hills.
“This is a crime that is unfortunately becoming more common,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Miquel Rodriguez. “As a result the U.S. Attorney’s Office in combination with local and federal investigators are aggressively investigating these crimes and prosecuting them.”
As part of a plea bargain, Parsons forfeited his computer system and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Parsons faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and three years of probation after his release.
Parsons’ roommate, Stuart Feigin, 51, was charged with misprision of a felony, or knowing about a felonious activity and taking affirmative steps to conceal it. Feigin admitted to knowing about the images and not alerting authorities. As part of Feigin’s plea agreement he agreed to pay a $30,000 fine. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison, and one year of probation. The sentencing for both men is set for June 24 in the federal courthouse in Sacramento.
Rodriguez said the case stemmed from a tip provided by a private citizen. The case was investigated by the South Lake Tahoe field office of the FBI and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
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