Brevard County Man Sentenced To More Than 10 Years For Distributing Child Pornography
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Samuel Langfitt (72, Cocoa Beach) to 10 years in federal prison for the possession and distribution of child pornography. The court also ordered Langfitt to forfeit the computers he used to store and distribute the child pornography. As part of his sentence, Langfitt was also ordered to serve a 10 year term of supervised release, after he completes his prison sentence. Langfitt was found guilty on September 29, 2011.
According to court documents, Langfitt, initiated contact with a New Jersey detective who was working in an undercover capacity, in an internet chatroom. He discussed with the undercover detective his interest in and fantasies about young children. Between January and June 2011, Langfitt distributed over 180 child pornography images and movies to the undercover detective, utilizing one e-mail account, via the internet. Using another e-mail account, on August 11, 2010 and September 19, 2010, he sent an image and movie file containing child pornography to unknown recipients, respectively. Additionally, law enforcement officers searched Langfitt’s computers and found approximately 870 pictures and 66 movies of child pornography involving prepubescent children.
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 (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 and click on the tab "other resources."
This case was investigated by the Brevard Sheriff’s County Office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (New Jersey) and U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.