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Child pornography trafficking charge leveled against 65-year-old Mantecan
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Manteca resident Terry Alan Snider, 65, has been charged with the receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner of the Eastern District of California.

A federal grand jury indicted Snider and four other defendants last Thursday and the indictments were unsealed on Monday in Sacramento.

The charges accuse Snider of having received child pornography between June 15 and Sept.14 of this year.  He allegedly shared child pornography through a file-sharing Internet website on August 25.

Court documents indicate that among those files were digital movies describing the sexual molestation of children as young as three years old.  A 10-year-old boy was reportedly raped in the video, according to the federal grand jury indictment.

The Manteca man was arraigned on Monday.  He reportedly pled not guilty and was released on a $25,000 bond with electronic monitoring of his whereabouts.

“Trafficking in child pornography creates a market for images of harmful child exploitation,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner.  “In the last year, this office indicted a record number of cases involving child pornography and we will continue to emphasize the prosecution of child exploitation offenses.”

Wagner added that if convicted of the charges, the defendants face a statutory penalty of no less than five years and up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime terms of supervised release.  The actual sentences however will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines which take into account a number of variables.

The other four men to be indicted were from Folsom, Carmichael, Rocklin and Antioch.