Jacksonville Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of Possession of Child Pornography
Jacksonville, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced today that Scott Brandon Heath (34, Jacksonville), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possessing images depicting child pornography on his cellular telephone. At the time of his arrest, on March 14, 2011, Heath was on federal supervised release based on a prior federal sex offense. Currently, he faces a minimum mandatory sentence of not less than 10 years and up to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a potential life term of supervised release. Heath also faces an additional two years in prison based on his violation of supervised release for his previous conviction. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, on March 8, 2011, two U.S. Probation Officers went to Heath’s residence in Jacksonville for a routine home inspection. Heath had been released from prison on September 23, 2010 to begin his term of supervised release. The probation officers met with Heath and entered his residence. When inside the bedroom area, the officers noticed a video game controller lying on Heath’s bedroom floor. When Heath showed the officers his video game console, a cellular telephone was also visible inside a dresser drawer. Heath admitted that he had accessed the internet using this cellular telephone approximately six times, and so violated the terms of his supervised release. The officers took custody of Heath’s cellular telephone.
Subsequent forensic analysis of Heath's cellular telephone revealed that it contained approximately 5,147 images of child pornography.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Probation Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
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. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab “other resources.”
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