Jacksonville Man Indicted On Federal Charges Receiving And Possessing Child Pornography
Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced today that Arnold Bernard Conrad, Jr. (49, Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal jury in Jacksonville. The indictment charges Conrad with two counts of receiving child pornography over the Internet and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted on either of the receipt counts, he faces a minimum of 5 years, up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of the possession count, Conrad faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Conrad was arrested on August 24, 2012 and arraigned in federal court, in Jacksonville, on the same day.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
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, 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."