Retired U.S. Coast Guardsmen Sentenced To More Than 12 Years On Federal Child Pornography Charges
Orlando, Florida -U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. sentenced Frederick Mervin Bardell (45, New Smyrna Beach) last week to 151 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography. As part of the sentence, Bardell was also ordered to serve a 20-year term of supervised release following his prison sentence. The court also ordered Bardell to forfeit his computer equipment and to register as a sex offender. He pled guilty on March 1, 2012.
According to court documents, Bardell, a recently retired United States Coast Guardsman, made child pornography directly available for others to download from his “IP” (Internet Protocol) address and Peer-to-Peer shared directory. Bardell also admitted to hoarding child pornography images and videos for two decades. On September 30, 2011, federal law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and seized all of his computer equipment. Law enforcement officers conducted a forensic examination of Bardell’s computer and found more than 16,500 images and 415 movies of child pornography involving prepubescent children. Bardell was arrested on December 7, 2011. During his detention hearing, Bardell admitted that he bought new computer equipment and continued to download child pornography until he was arrested.
This case was investigated by Child Exploitation Task Force for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.
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."