Palm Bay Man Sentenced To Over 8 Years For Distributing Child Pornography
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. yesterday sentenced Keith William Davey, Jr. (28, Palm Bay) to 8 years and one month in federal prison for distributing child pornography. Davey is also required to register as a sex offender and to serve a 5-year term of supervision, following his release from prison. The court also ordered Davey to forfeit his computer equipment.
Davey pleaded guilty on February 11, 2014.
According to court documents, in November 2013, an undercover agent working in Portland, Maine initiated contact with Davey over the Internet. Davey believed that the agent was interested in child pornography and discussed trading images with the agent. On November 6, 2013, and again on November 8, 2013, Davey used the Yahoo Messenger photo sharing feature to send the agent images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent female children being sexually abused and exploited by adult males. Davey used his Yahoo Messenger screen name to transmit the images. Law enforcement agents executed a search at Davey’s Palm Bay residence, and during an interview, Davey admitted to sending the child pornography to the undercover agent and that he had obtained child pornography from the Internet. Agents also recovered Davey’s desktop computer and his SD card from his residence. These devices contained additional images of child pornography, including some of the images that Davey had distributed to the undercover agent.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. It was 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 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.usdoj.gov/psc.