Melbourne Man Sentenced To 50 Years In Federal Prison On Child Pornography Charges
Orlando, Florida – Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Alan Gregory Ender (58, Melbourne) to 50 years in federal prison for production and possession of child pornography. He was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release and ordered to comply with Sex Offender Registration and Notification. He pleaded guilty to the charges on November 14, 2013.
According to court documents, this investigation began when an Internet website reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a specific Internet Protocol (IP) address was engaged in downloading child pornography. Law enforcement determined the location of the IP address and interviewed Ender. Ender admitted to downloading and possessing child pornography for a period of two to three years. He also admitted to producing child pornography. In order to produce the child pornography, Ender lured two six-year old neighborhood girls to his home with candy. He then took explicit photographs of the girls on his bed.
Following the execution of a search warrant, Ender’s computers and cameras were seized and searched. A forensic examination of the computer revealed 151 image files and 1 movie file depicting pornographic images of the two young girls, which Ender produced using his cameras. The forensic examination further revealed an additional 477 movie files and 102 image files of child pornography.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Orlando Regional Operations Center. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.
This 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 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.