Pinellas County Mechanic Pleads Guilty To Distribution Of Child Pornography
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Joshua Allen Taylor (29, St. Petersburg) pleaded guilty yesterday to distribution of child pornography. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
According to the plea agreement, in November of 2011, Taylor began chatting over the internet with an individual about trading child pornography. Unbeknownst to Taylor, he was chatting with undercover law enforcement officer. Taylor sent the officer a video file depicting child pornography.
In January of 2012, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Taylor's residence. Officers seized more than 5,000 images and videos depicting child pornography. Taylor admitted ownership of the images and videos. The majority of Taylor's collection depicted images of infants and toddlers. Taylor advised that he didn’t watch the same video twice, he looked at the images, saved them, and moved on to the next.
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."
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.