Steven Babik Sentenced to 151 Months for Distribution of Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 17, 2010|
GAINESVILLE, FL—Steven Michael Babik, 50, of Gainesville, Florida, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for the receipt and distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida
Evidence introduced at the sentencing hearing before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Stephan P. Mickle established that between June 2008 and November 2009, Babik’s computer was identified 326 times offering different known child pornography files for distribution. On November 30, 2009, a federal search warrant was executed at Babik’s residence, resulting in the seizure of 107 videos and eight still images of child pornography, some of which depicted the sadistic and masochistic abuse of children.
U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the collaborative work of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, whose joint investigation led to Babik’s conviction and sentence.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Williams.