Cocoa Man in Federal Custody For Producing Pornographic Images of a Child Relative
Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the arrest of Anthony Truett Price (46, Cocoa), on a federal complaint charging him with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. If convicted on all counts, Price faces a minimum term of 15 years up to 30 years in federal prison for the production charge and a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for the possession charge.
According to the complaint, on August 31, 2011, agents with the Cocoa Beach Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) initiated a criminal investigation into the production of child pornography by Price. CETF agents learned that Price had been involved in a recent sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in Cocoa. CETF agents obtained computer and other digital media that revealed Price possessed images of child pornography, and that he had produced images of child pornography involving child victims in the Cocoa area.
On September 1, 2011, agents arrested Price at the Brevard County Jail, where he was being held on a charge related to the sexual assault of the six-year-old child. He is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals in Orlando. A complaint charges that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation’s (ICE HSI). It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson.
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 better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate, and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.