SAN JOSE – Brian Robert Risso appeared in federal court today to face charges of possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Craig D announced. Fair.
According to the federal complaint filed on February 18, 2022, Risso, 61, of San Jose, allegedly possessed 513 images and 29 videos of child pornography on his personal Apple iMac computer at his home. Additional government filings also describe the discovery of approximately 233,000 “manifest keys” on the iMac computer which are used to download files. In documents related to Risso’s detention, the government argued that the keys were linked to files whose names suggest authorized keys to access videos of illegal child pornography. The complaint charges Risso with one count of possession of child pornography, contrary to 18 USC §§ 2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(2).
At the time of his arrest, Risso was employed by the City of Campbell as a maintenance technician at the Campbell Community Center.
Risso was arrested on February 18, 2022 and appeared this afternoon before U.S. Investigative Judge Susan van Keulen to address issues related to his pre-trial detention. Risso is currently out on bail and is due to appear next on March 15, 2022, before Magistrate Judge van Keulen, to address further issues regarding Risso’s release.
A complaint simply alleges that a crime has been committed. Risso is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by the court after review of the US Sentencing Guidelines and the federal law governing sentencing, 18 USC § 3553.
Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney Daniel N. Kassabian is pursuing the case with help from Susan Kreider and Claudia Hyslop. The charge is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.