Federal Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography at Sea World
Orlando, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury today found Michael Brian Grzybowicz (27, Cocoa) guilty of sexual exploitation of a child by producing child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Grzybowicz faces a mandatory minium of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison on the production charge, a mandatory minium of 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison on the distribution charge, and a up to 10 years in federal prison on the possession charge. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Grzybowicz was indicted in April 2011.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Grzybowicz went to Sea World with a family, including a two-year-old girl and a five year-old boy, to celebrate the children’s mother’s birthday. While at the park, Grzybowicz was asked by the parents of the children to watch the 2-year-old girl and her brother while the parents rode a roller coaster. While the parents were on the roller coaster, Grzybowicz molested the 2-year-old and took explicit photographs of the child, using his cell phone. He emailed those pictures to his personal e-mail address after leaving the park. Two days later, at their Cocoa residence, Grzybowicz's wife found one of the photographs on Grzybowicz's cell phone. She reported the photographs to the Cocoa Police Department. Law enforcement authorities located Grzybowicz's computer, which contained other images of child pornography, including the images he had taken of the two-year-old at the theme park. Grzybowicz was arrested after he provided a statement to a police detective.
This case was investigated by the Child Exploitation Task Force for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Orange County Sheriff's Office's Sex Crimes Unit, Cocoa Police Department, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson.
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."
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