Dayton Man Sentenced to 240 Months for Distributing Child Pornography
DAYTON, OH—Eugene Roberts, 59, of Dayton, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison and lifetime supervision for distributing child pornography.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.
According to court documents, investigators discovered Roberts was sharing sexually explicit images of minors. Specifically, the defendant sent approximately 170 e-mail messages including child pornography to at least 20 other individuals. The recipients of his e-mails then typically sent child pornography to Roberts in return.
In total, investigators discovered 5,578 images of child pornography from Roberts’ computer; 11 of these images depicted bondage and two depicted bestiality. In addition, they discovered 797 videos, two videos depicting bondage and five videos depicting bestiality. Roberts was arrested on April 3, 2014 and has remained in custody since. He pleaded guilty on July 2, 2014 to distribution of child pornography.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI and HSI, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Brent Tabacchi and Benjamin Glassman, who represented the United States in this case.
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