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California Off-Road Racer Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

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California Off-Road Racer Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

FBI Los Angeles Office
February 25, 2009


U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California

A Corona man who owned an off-road-racing manufacturing firm has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

William Kreag Donahoe, 39, who until at least the end of 2007 was president of Donahoe Enterprises, Inc. (doing business as Donahoe Racing) in Corona, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge Stephen G. Larson in Riverside federal court. In addition to the 96-month prison sentence, Judge Larson ordered that, following his release from prison, Donahoe be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

Donahoe was arrested at his business on December 3, 2007 following an investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, the Corona Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation started in early 2007 when a detective with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, acting in an undercover capacity, communicated with Donahoe in a Yahoo! chat room. After Donahoe claimed that he had pictures depicting himself having sexual relations with one of his daughters, Donahoe sent pornographic images of a man and a juvenile female, although the photos did not depict Donahoe and he did not have a daughter at the time. Further investigation included the execution of a search warrant at Donahoe Racing, where authorities recovered a computer that held images of child pornography and evidence that Donahoe had traded images of child pornography with individuals around the world.



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