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Minneapolis Man Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison for Receiving, Distributing, and Accessing Child Pornography Online

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 192 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for receipt, distribution, and access with intent to view child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents and the evidence presented at trial, beginning in August 2020, through January 2022, Michael Francis Hamer, 56, knowingly and frequently obtained, distributed, and accessed child pornography online. On multiple occasions, he used Facebook and Gmail to directly message self-identified minor victims, some as young as 11 years old, to request and distribute images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of minors. Hamer also joined Facebook Messenger group chats that were named "Boys sex video," "Kids Video Sex," and "#Good Boy?," among others, to solicit and access child sexual abuse images.

Hamer was previously convicted in Minnesota state court for solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct. As a result of this state conviction, Hamer was required to register as a predatory offender with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Additionally, Hamer admitted to possessing child pornography during his 2012 conviction.

Hamer was convicted by a federal jury on December 7, 2023, of one count of receipt of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, and two counts of access with intent to view child pornography. He was sentenced today in U.S. District Court before Judge Katherine M. Menendez, who described Hamer's conduct as "relentless behavior," and noted that there was long-term damage to the victims depicted in the child sexual abuse material. Judge Menendez also remarked that reviewing one of the child sexual abuse videos at trial "is something I can never unsee," and that it was something "the jury can never unsee" as well.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, with assistance from the Minneapolis Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

http://www.justice.gov/psc.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Hillary A. Taylor, Emily A. Polachek, and Chelsea A. Walcker prosecuted the case.

 

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