Wildwood Man Sentenced To Twenty Years For Distribution Of Child Pornography
Ocala, FL - U.S. District Judge Roy Dalton sentenced William Christopher Dempsey (30, Wildwood) yesterday to 20 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography. Dempsey pleaded guilty to the charge on April 17, 2012.
According to court records, on November 2, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cocoa Beach received information from an investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office (Georgia) that, on that same day, a person in Florida had used an Internet chat service to trade child pornography. The Florida resident had mentioned in a chat that he was sexually molesting a 3-year-old child. ICE HSI launched an immediate investigation and determined that the Internet activity originated from Dempsey’s girlfriend’s home in Wildwood. Dempsey was residing there. The Wildwood Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office joined the investigation and a search warrant was obtained.
Shortly after midnight, the search warrant was executed and Dempsey was arrested. Evidence obtained during the investigation showed that Dempsey had been actively involved in collecting child pornography and that he had molested a young child.
“Child exploitation is one of the most heinous crimes we investigate. HSI and our law enforcement partners were able to quickly respond to this situation and prevent Dempsey from abusing any additional children,” said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa, which oversees the agency’s Cocoa Beach office. “HSI works diligently to ensure that child predators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
This case was investigated by HSI, the Wildwood Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Armstrong.
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, 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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."