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Convicted Child Sex Offender Sentenced to More Than 21 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 13, 2013
  • Middle District of Florida (813) 274-6000

ORLANDO—U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Michael F. Callahan (63, Palm Bay) to 21 years and eight months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography. The court also ordered him to forfeit the computer he used to commit the offense. As part of Callahan’s sentence, he was ordered to serve a life term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender, following his release from prison. Callahan pleaded guilty on January 24, 2013.

According to court documents, on June 22, 2012, Callahan was convicted of illegal sexual contact with a minor and possession of child pornography in Connecticut Superior Court. Callahan returned to Florida to his Palm Bay home pending his sentencing hearing. Two weeks later, a Federal Bureau of Investigation task force agent downloaded several videos of child pornography from Callahan that Callahan had made available on a file sharing network. On August 2, 2012, federal agents executed a search warrant at Callahan’s home and seized his computer. Callahan admitted that he continued to download and possess child pornography after his Connecticut conviction. A forensic examination of Callahan’s computer revealed 736 movies and 12 pictures showing the sexual abuse of prepubescent girls.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Gable.

It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab “Other Resources.”

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