Duval County Man Indicted On Federal Child Pornography Charges
Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced today that William Douglas Smith, III (28, Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury with five counts of receiving child pornography and one count of transportation of child pornography. If convicted on each of the counts, Smith faces a mandatory minimum of not less than 5 years, up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Smith was arrested on December 20, 2012.
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 investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kelly S. Karase and 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, 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."