U.S. legal professional in Florida touts 1,500 little one predator prosecutions underneath DOJ initiative

U.S. attorney for Florida's middle district Roger B. Handberg says his office has reached a milestone of more than 1,500 prosecutions under the DOJ's Project Safe Childhood initiative to stop the sexual abuse of children. The project began in 2006. Photo courtesy of U.S. Attorney's Office Middle District of Florida

Dec. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. attorney for the middle District of Florida reported Thursday that, beneath the Office of Justice’s Job Safe Childhood, his business office has attained a milestone of 1,500 little one predators prosecuted.

“From the beginning of Undertaking Safe Childhood in 2006 as a result of the present day, the United States Attorney’s Place of work for the Center District of Florida has been a countrywide chief in aggressively prosecuting those sexual predators who seek to use the Net to hurt and exploit little ones,” stated United States Legal professional Handberg in a statement.

The nationwide initiative to combat the developing variety of circumstances of kid sexual exploitation and abuse mobilizes federal, state and regional resources to legally go just after men and women who exploit kids. The job identifies and rescues victims when feasible as perpetrators are prosecuted.

Handberg stated his business billed around a hundred defendants in the course of 2023, the third-maximum overall at any time for that business office.

The crimes in these situations incorporate coercing young children to create kid sexual material, have interaction in sexual carry out as properly as possessing, distributing and processing photos of kids getting sexually abused.

Handberg cited several illustrations of instances dealt with by his office.

  • Among them had been a 25-12 months sentence for 51-yr-aged Naples resident Jeffrey Holcombe for manufacturing photographs and videos depicting child sex abuse.
  • In September, 44-calendar year-outdated Paul Edward Lee Jr. of Jacksonville bought 30 years in jail for attempting to entice a 14-12 months-aged to generate and send out video clips and illustrations or photos depicting boy or girl intercourse abuse. Lee currently was specified a sexual predator for former for preceding convictions. An FBI agent posing as the little one target took about the child’s gaming app account to converse with Lee.
  • In March, 52-year-aged Eddie Joe Oglesby of Fort McCoy acquired 80 a long time in jail for posing as a federal agent as he manufactured and received kid intercourse abuse product, in accordance Handberg.
  • And in a Tampa situation in May perhaps, Brooke Sparks, 38, of St. Petersburg was sentenced to 40 many years in a circumstance involving Homeland Protection and Australian Federal Police. Sparks was sharing kid sexual abuse product through Facebook.

“Homeland Protection Investigation, with our federal, point out, and community legislation enforcement partners, will aggressively go after these who prey on little ones” explained HSI Tampa Exclusive Agent in Cost John Condon in a statement. “We are fully commited to figuring out and arresting these egregious criminals, who deliver and share horrible images of youngsters getting sexually exploited.”

The 5 components of Venture Safe Childhood are developing partnerships coordinating legislation enforcement teaching PSC partners community consciousness and accountability.