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February 4, 2015

Kissimmee Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL—United States District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Cruz Vicente, Jr. (57, Kissimmee) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography. The Court also ordered him to serve a 20-year term of supervision following his release from prison and to forfeit the electronic devices that he had used to commit the crime. Vicente pleaded guilty on October 8, 2014.

According to court documents, an undercover FBI investigation determined that Vicente was making child pornography available for download by others using an Internet peer-to-peer file sharing program. On May 21, 2014, agents executed a federal search warrant at Vicente’s residence and recovered his laptop computer. Forensic analyses subsequently revealed that the computer contained more than 3,000 images and 76 videos depicting child pornography, including images of young children being sexually abused.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.

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 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.

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