Brevard County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges Of Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced today that Samuel Langfitt (72, Cocoa Beach, Florida) pleaded guilty to one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography. Langfitt faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
According to court documents, Lanfitt, using the screen name, "MaxPleasure" initiated contact with a New Jersey detective who was working undercover in an Internet chat room. He discussed with the undercover detective his interest in and fantasies about young children. Between January and June 2011, Langfitt sent the undercover detective over 150 child pornography images and movies via the Internet using his email account. The New Jersey detective contacted agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations and agents executed a federal search warrant on Langfitt’s residence in Cocoa Beach, Florida. During an interview at his residence, he admitted to using a screen name and e-mail account for receiving images of child pornography and distributing the images through the Internet.
A computer forensic examination revealed another Yahoo! account maintained by Langfitt. Using that account, Langfitt sent a movie file containing child pornography on August 11, 2010 and September 19, 2010, to unknown recipients, respectively. Additionally, the forensic examination established that Langfitt possessed approximately 870 images and 66 movies containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was investigated by the Brevard Sheriff’s County Office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (New Jersey) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.
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, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
It is also a 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.
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