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Former Brevard County Truck Driver Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

January 26, 2012

Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Chief United States District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Richard Ruiz (48, Palm Bay) to 5 years in federal prison and a 10-year term of supervised release on a federal child pornography charge. On October 14, 2011, Ruiz pleaded guilty to possessing videos depicting child pornography.

According to court documents, a detective with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office searched the internet in an undercover capacity, in an attempt to identify individuals sharing images and videos containing child pornography. During the investigation, the detective identified a host computer using a particular internet protocol (“IP”) address as having files depicting child pornography. Documents from the internet service provider revealed that this IP address was located in Ruiz's residence in Palm Bay.

On January 27, 2010, a search warrant was executed at the residence, by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, where Ruiz was present and interviewed. Officers seized a computer and other electronic media from the residence. Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that Ruiz’s computer media contained a total of 426 images and 1 video depicting child pornography.

This case was investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlos A. Perez-Irizarry.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "other resources."

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