Man sentenced on child porn charges

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Feb. 27 in U.S. District Court for possessing between 10 and 150 images of child pornography.

United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Zaiye Bharruway Dehkee, no known address, to 36 months in prison, along with 15 years of supervised release, on one count of possession of child pornography. Dehkee was indicted March 15, 2011, and pleaded guilty on Sept. 20, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Dehkee admitted that between December 2010 and January 2011, he possessed photographs stored on both a digital camera and a computer. The photographs showed two minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, Dehkee admitted possessing between 10 and 150 other similar images.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.

Presently, the Justice Department is funding a study concerning the correlation between the involvement in child pornography and the hands-on sexual abuse of children. A 2008 report (The Butner Study) published in the Journal of Family Violence indicated that up to 80 percent of federal inmates incarcerated for possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography also admitted to hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from touching to rape.

In 2010, 2,235 defendants pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, 2,222 of whom were sentenced to prison. In 2009, 2,083 defendants were sentenced to prison on child pornography charges.

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