SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A federal grand jury recently returned a four-count indictment, charging Daniel Ratner, 45, of Folsom, with production of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
The indictment alleges that in May 2011, Ratner attempted to produce visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment also alleges that between August 1, 2012 and November 23, 2012, Ratner attempted to produce, and did in fact produce child pornography involving the same minor, and between August 1, 2012 and August 8, 2012, he attempted to produce visual depictions of six additional minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Ratner is currently in custody in Sacramento County Jail, having been charged by the Sacramento County District Attorney with multiple counts of indecent assault, possession of child pornography, and production of child pornography.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Folsom Police Department, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon, who is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Ratner faces a maximum statutory penalty for each count of 15 to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years to a lifetime term of supervised release. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.