Jacksonville Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to More than 11 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Images of Child Pornography on His Cellular Telephone
Jacksonville, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that United States District Judge Marcia Morales Howard yesterday sentenced Scott Brandon Heath (35, Jacksonville) to 139 months in federal prison and 15 years of supervised release on a federal child pornography charge. Heath previously pled guilty to possession of child pornography. At the time of his arrest, on March 14, 2011, Heath was on federal supervised release for a prior federal sex offense. Heath was previously convicted of transportation of child pornography on January 27, 2005. He was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, followed three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, on March 8, 2011, two United States Probation Officers went to Heath’s Jacksonville residence for a routine home inspection. Heath had been released from prison on September 23, 2010 to begin his term of supervised release. When inside the residence, the officers noticed a video game controller lying on Heath’s bedroom floor. When Heath showed the officers his video game console inside a dresser drawer, a cellular telephone was also visible inside the drawer. Heath admitted that he had accessed the internet using this cellular telephone approximately six times, and in doing so violated the terms of his supervised release. The officers took custody of Heath’s cellular telephone and a subsequent forensic analysis revealed that it contained approximately 5,147 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Probation Office. It was 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."