McFarland man going back to prison for child porn crimes

FRESNO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A McFarland man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for a second case of child pornography.

The federal prosecutor's office in Fresno said 30-year-old Cass Eugene Mitchell was busted with child pornography while on supervised release for a 2006 conviction of possessing child pornography.

Mitchell violated the terms of his supervised release by unlawfully using a controlled substance, accessing the Internet without authorization, and downloading images of child pornography between January 2011 and January of this year. Many of the images depicted prepubescent minors, and several depicted violence or sadistic or masochistic conduct, the prosecutor's office said.

His 2006 conviction carried a four-year prison term and 15 years of supervised release.

Mitchell must serve 25 years of supervised release after this new prison stint.

"As this sentencing makes unmistakably clear, child sex predators will receive the justice they are due for their despicable actions," Michael Toms, resident agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Bakersfield, said in a news release. "We will continue to aggressively target those who prey upon and sexually exploit our children. We owe it to the young victims in these cases, who will carry the emotional and physical scars of these crimes for the rest of their lives."