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California man sentenced to 8 years in federal prison on child porn charges

SAN FRANCISCO—Donald Tosti was sentenced Feb. 2, 2012, to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution for possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. Tosti was a child psychologist.

Tosti was convicted on Sept. 14, 2011, on two charges of possessing child pornography. During the trial, evidence showed that Tosti was found to possess child pornography after taking his computer to CompUSA for repair. A search of Tosti’s home and office revealed a large collection of child pornography, including depictions of the rape of very young children. In sentencing Tosti, United States District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White emphasized the size of his collection and the graphic and extreme nature of the child pornography images as aggravating factors in imposing his sentence.

Tosti, 76, of San Rafael, Calif., was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6, 2009, with one count of possession of child pornography. A second charge was added by the grand jury on Nov. 24, 2010, based on additional child pornography found after Tosti’s arrest.

The sentence was handed down by Judge White following a bench trial on two counts in violation of Title 18, United States Code, section 2252(a)(4)(B). Judge White also sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay $50,000 in restitution to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The defendant is scheduled to begin serving the sentence on April 2, 2011.

Owen Martikan is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Rosario Calderon. The prosecution is the result of a four-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the San Rafael Police Department.

Further Information:

Case #: CR 09-0973 JSW

EDITOR’S NOTE: For some strange reason, no photos of Tosti appear online at this time. We did attempt to find a picture to post with this article, so that everyone could see this sicko.

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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