Lee County Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Possessing Child Pornography
Fort Myers, Florida - U.S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Eugene Robert Otting (41, Lehigh Acres) to 84 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The Court also ordered Otting to serve a 15-year term of supervised release, upon the completion of his prison term, and to register as a sex offender. In addition he shall forfeit his Dell Laptop, Metro PCS cellular phone, and a Hitachi hard disk drive, which were used to commit the offense. Otting pleaded guilty on June 26, 2012.
According to court documents, Otting used the Internet to locate and download child pornography. On April 19, 2012, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents executed a search warrant at Otting’s residence, in Lee County, Florida. During the interview with HSI agents, Otting admitted to using peer-to-peer file sharing programs to access child pornography over the Internet and to creating Facebook accounts and an email account for the purposes of sharing child pornography. A forensic examination of Otting’s laptop computer, cellular phone and hard drive revealed numerous still images and videos depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. More than 600 images of child pornography were located on Otting’s laptop and cellular phone combined.
“HSI received multiple reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipLine that appeared to be linked. Upon further investigation, we determined that Otting was the common denominator, often utilizing free WiFi at hotels to trade images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” said Shane Folden, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Tampa, which oversees Ft. Myers. “Monday’s sentencing is testament to the fact that HSI will aggressively investigate child predators and ensure that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.
It is another case 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 visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."