Bonita Springs Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges
FT. MYERS, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Christopher Hall (44, Bonita Springs) with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
According to the indictment, on May 9, 2014, Hall distributed images and videos depicting child pornography to an undercover FBI Task Force Agent using an Internet peer-to-peer network. A federal search warrant was subsequently executed at Hall’s residence and all of his computer-related media was seized. Forensic analyses of the evidence revealed approximately 2,500 images and videos of child pornography.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Ft. Myers Office and the Collier County Sherriff’s Office FBI Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tama Koss Caldarone.
This case was 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 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.