A Turlock man is headed to prison for at least a few years after being found guilty of trafficking in child pornography.
Gary Gene Bishop, 43, was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison on Monday for receiving and distributing through the internet over 100 videos and 5,000 image files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The judge also ordered that once Bishop is released from prison he has to have 10 years of supervised release.
Bishop had been the subject of a Turlock Police investigation for more than a month after investigators received information that he was sharing pornographic images involving children online.
In August 2016, a search warrant was served at Bishop’s Turlock residence and several computer hard drives were taken during that time for further examination. This search revealed over 10,000 images of child pornography, according to the police department.
Some of the images also involved the portrayal of sadistic, masochistic and other depictions of violence, and included depictions of pre-pubescent minors, according to the federal prosecution.
Bishop worked as a nurse prior to his arrest on Sept. 29, 2016.
This case was the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Turlock Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian W. Enos prosecuted the case.