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File photo of Todd Mumma, former president of Select Business Systems in Fresno.

published on March 8, 2024 - 12:36 PM
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A federal jury on Thursday has found former Fresno business owner Todd Eric Mumma, 60, guilty of actual and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced Friday.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Mumma, former owner of Select Business Systems in Fresno, used hidden digital video recording devices in a residence to create sexually explicit images of a minor. He edited recordings on a computer and then transferred the most sexually explicit images onto a cellphone where the images were stored in a password‑protected application and viewed numerous times.

Mumma was detained following the verdict. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Mumma faces a minimum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison for the count of sexual exploitation and a fine of up to $250,000 as well as possible forfeiture of property and mandatory restitution to a victim.

This case, originating with an indictment in 2020, is the product of an investigation by the Central Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, specifically Homeland Security Investigations and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Gappa of the Eastern District of California and Trial Attorney McKenzie Hightower of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section are prosecuting the case.

Select Business Systems was acquired by a Southern California company in 2021.

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 exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Justice.gov/PSC.

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