Belleview Man Sentenced To Four Years In Federal Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography
Ocala, FL - U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell today sentenced Ronald E. Slauson (73, Belleview) to 4 years in federal prison, followed by ten years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography. The court also ordered Slauson to forfeit computers and computer items relating to such criminal activity. Slauson pleaded guilty on November 12, 2012.
According to court documents, on May 8, 2012, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations was conducting an online investigation into the possession of child pornography. The agent identified an Internet Protocol (IP) address that was being used for sharing videos and images of suspected child pornography. During the investigation, the agent was able to determine that the internet subscriber was Ronald Slauson. On September 7, 2012, a federal search warrant was executed at Slauson's Belleview residence, and computers and computer storage items were seized. Subsequent computer forensic examinations revealed that Slauson was in possession of approximately 1,498 videos approximately 2,860 images of child pornography. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Armstrong.
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, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."