Brevard County High School Computer Technician Sentenced To More Than 12 Years On Federal Child Pornography Charges
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. sentenced Steven Waring (33, Cocoa) to 150 months in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, followed by a 15-year term of supervised release. The court also ordered Waring to forfeit his computer equipment and to register as a sex offender. He pled guilty on November 2, 2011.
According to court documents, Waring was employed by the Brevard County School Board as a Computer Technician Specialist at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School when he was found to be in possession of child pornography. Waring also made his collection of child pornography directly available for others to download from his “IP” (Internet Protocol) address and shared directory. Law enforcement officers conducted a forensic examination of Waring’s home computer and found 704 movies depicting child pornography involving prepubescent children.
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 the Child Exploitation Task Force for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI). It was also a part of Operation Safe Summer. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.