Sacramento man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of children

A Sacramento man entered a guilty plea today at the U.S. District Court in Sacramento after being found to have images of child sexual exploitation. 

Jayson Fernandez Butay, 29, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to one count of producing child sexual abuse material and one count of possessing child sexual abuse material, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Evidence gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found in April 2019 that Butay used Snapchat to correspond with a 15-year-old girl living in Finland. Butay convinced her to send him naked images of herself. 

After receiving the images, Butay threatened to disclose them to his victim’s family and friends unless she sent him sexually explicit videos. Using this extortion, Butay obtained at least one additional sexually explicit video from the victim.

Law enforcement agents executed federal search warrants at Butay’s residence in Sacramento and seized hundreds of images and videos from Butay’s digital devices that depicted the sexual exploitation of children. U.S. Attorney Sam Stefanki prosecuted the case.

Butay will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb on April 29, 2024, and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. 

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