UC Berkeley's University Village in Albany includes housing for families affiliated with Cal. Photo: UCB
UC Berkeley’s University Village in Albany includes housing for families affiliated with Cal. Photo: UCB

A man who was married to a UC Berkeley student, who was living in campus housing at the time of the crime, has been sentenced to nine years in prison in connection with a federal child pornography case, authorities report.

Konrad Wolff, 28, was sentenced Thursday, May 26, by U.S. District Judge James Donato to 108 months in prison.

In December, after a bench trial before Donato, Wolff “was convicted of receiving thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography.”

According to authorities, “The evidence at trial established that Wolff possessed videos and images of minor and prepubescent children engaging in sexually explicit and sadomasochistic conduct. Judge Donato also found at sentencing that the defendant was in possession of certain manuals which provided step-by-step instructions on how to sexually exploit children while avoiding detection by law enforcement.”

Wolff was living in Albany on UC Berkeley property when the initial report came in. He was married to a UC Berkeley student, UCPD said this week.

“UCPD received the initial report and subsequently investigated the matter with the assistance of the FBI,” said UCPD spokeswoman Sgt. Sabrina Reich by email. “The suspect was not a student.”

The prosecution was the result of a three-month investigation involving the FBI and the University of California Police Department.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Wolff was arrested early last year in Fort Benning, Georgia. The FBI reported that he was arrested Jan. 8, 2015, and made his first appearance in Columbus, Georgia, that day.

Authorities indicted and charged Wolff back in December 2014 with one count of possessing child pornography.

Two months later, a federal grand jury in San Francisco brought back a two-count indictment “that added the more serious receipt of child pornography charge,” authorities said in a statement.

According to the indictment, authorities seized hard drives, flash drives and a laptop computer containing the images from Wolff in September 2014.

Donato also sentenced Wolff to 15 years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $6,000 in restitution.

He is being held without bail in Oakland, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s office, at the Glenn Dyer Jail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott D. Joiner was the lead prosecutor on the case, and was assisted by Ponly Tu and Patricia Mahoney, authorities said.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...