SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Jayson Fernandez Butay, 25, of Sacramento, charging him with production and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Butay produced child pornography with a minor victim on Sept. 28, 2019, and possessed prepubescent images of child pornography.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya B. Syed is prosecuting the case.
If convicted of the production of child pornography count, Butay faces minimum of 15 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of the possession of child pornography charge, Butay faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would 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 charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.