Hi there! This page is about Albert Lee Mitchell, better known as Curly Surmudgeon. You might remember him as a troll extraordinaire on the newsgroups, telnet and dialup BBSes during the 90s to mid 2000's. He was arrested before leaving to Argentina, where he had bought a home and frequently traveled to.

It seems his namesake domain lapsed. It's been set up to inform those wondering where their dear friend has gone to.

Need to know more? Peruse these links and I believe you'll understand.

  • https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5917092/united-states-v-mitchell/

  • Nov 16, 2012: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/USCOURTS-caed-2_12-cr-00401/USCOURTS-caed-2_12-cr-00401-0

  • Nov 19, 2012: https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-mitchell-311

  • Nov 20, 2012: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-caed-2_12-cr-00401/pdf/USCOURTS-caed-2_12-cr-00401-2.pdf

  • Jan 03, 2013: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/01/03/2-sacramento-men-face-charges-in-national-child-pornography-bust/
    Albert Lee Mitchell allegedly had more than 40,000 images of child porn on his computer.

    He was arrested one day before an alleged planned trip to Argentina. Children’s clothes and toys were found in his luggage.
  • Jan 03, 2013: https://www.ksbw.com/article/18-arrested-in-calif-in-child-porn-investigation/1050850
    Also arrested was Albert Lee Mitchell, 65, of Sacramento. More than 40,000 images of child pornography were found on his computer. According to the federal complaint, Mitchell had been planning to depart the next day for Argentina, where he owns property. Children's clothing and toys were found in his luggage. Mitchell was charged in a federal indictment returned on Nov. 15, and was ordered detained pending trial.
  • Jan 04, 2013: https://fox40.com/2013/01/04/man-arrested-for-child-pornography-lives-near-school/
    FOX40 knocked on Albert Lee Mitchell’s door Friday, a 65-year-old man who was arrested in November as part of Operation Sunflower, a federal sweep to battle child pornography.
  • Feb 05, 2013: https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-mitchell-315

  • Dec 11, 2013: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-caed-2_12-cr-00401/pdf/USCOURTS-caed-2_12-cr-00401-5.pdf

  • Nov 05, 2014: https://www.leagle.com/decision/infdco20141106936

  • Sep 02, 2015: https://www.law.utah.edu/news/cassell-wins-victory-for-child-pornography-victims/ 

  • Sep 02, 2015: https://savagelawyer.com/child-pornography-victims-win-important-court-victory-preventing-copies-of-their-images-from-being-made-for-defense-experts/ 

  • Sep 02, 2015: https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/20013-us-v-mitchell-order-filed-9-2-2015pdf

  • Jun 17, 2016: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sacramento-man-found-guilty-receipt-child-pornography

  • Jun 17, 2016: https://www.kcra.com/article/sacramento-man-found-guilty-of-having-thousands-of-child-porn-photos/6429212
    A 69-year-old Sacramento man faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty of possessing thousands of child pornography images at his home office.

    Mitchell was found guilty on a single count of receipt of child pornography during the five-day trial, which ended Friday.
  • Nov 16, 2016: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sacramento-man-receives-10-year-prison-term-child-pornography-case
    At the time of the search, dozens of images of suspected child pornography were set to be downloaded from a file-sharing network onto Mitchell’s computer. Mitchell admitted owning the computer and being its sole user. A forensic review of the computer and other devices found in Mitchell’s home office revealed a collection of thousands of depictions of child pornography.

    Mitchell obstructed justice by lying under oath at trial and trying to blame a former friend for his crime. To bolster his defense, Mitchell testified about a computer password he alleged his friend had stolen. Mitchell presented a defense suggesting the password had then been found in a box containing his friend’s belongings.
  • Nov 17, 2016: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article115510098.html
    A Sacramento man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving child pornography.

    Albert Lee Mitchell, 69, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. His term in prison is to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

    Dozens of images of suspected child pornography were set to be downloaded from a file-sharing network on Mitchell’s computer. Mitchell admitted that he owned the computer and that he was its sole user. A forensic review of the computer and other devices found in his home office revealed a collection of thousands of depictions of child pornography.

    At Mitchell’s sentencing, Judge Mueller found that he had committed a serious crime and compounded it by presenting a perjured defense at trial. She also found that the images had been carefully cataloged and arranged, indicating an “obsessive interaction” with the images, prosecutors said.
  • Mar 01, 2018: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/16-10500/16-10500-2018-03-01.html