Melbourne Man Pleads Guilty to Producing of Child Pornography
ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Eugene Edward Hudome (60, Melbourne) has pleaded guilty to using a minor to produce images of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison. Hudome’s sentencing is scheduled for April 2, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, in 2003, Hudome used a camcorder to produce pornographic images of a female minor. In 2014, he uploaded at least two pornographic images of female minors onto his Microsoft SkyDrive account, after which Microsoft notified law enforcement. Agents subsequently executed a search warrant at Hudome’s residence and recovered a video, 170 CD/DVDs, and a computer, all of which contained pornographic images of minor victims. Agents also located additional child pornography on other electronic devices and storage media. During an interview with the agents, Hudome admitted that he had produced the pornography of the original female minor victim sometime in 2003, as she slept in his residence. He further admitted to subsequently converting the images from videotape to digital media.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.
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.projectsafechildhood.gov.