Federal Jury Finds Port Charlotte Man Guilty in Sexual Exploitation Case
FORT MYERS, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Quinton Paul Handlon (44) guilty of production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 12, 2015.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Handlon sexually abused his teenage niece over an approximately four-year period, while she was between the ages of 11 and 15. He provided his niece with money and other items in exchange for sexual activity. Handlon took sexually explicit photographs of the child, filmed her engaged in sexual activity with him, and coerced her to take photographs and videos of herself for his sexual gratification. A search warrant executed at Handlon’s residence recovered the electronic devices containing the victim’s images and videos.
This case was investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation Unit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tama Koss Caldarone and Stacie B. Harris.
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 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.