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Brevard County Man Sentenced To More Than 8 Years For Receiving And Possessing Child Pornography

September 11, 2012

Orlando, Florida  - U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell today sentenced Krister Kaj Vilen (40, Titusville) to 98 months in federal prison for the receipt and possession of child pornography.  The Court also ordered Vilen to forfeit the computers and electronic media he used to store the child pornography.  As part of his sentence, Vilen was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence and to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.  Vilen pleaded guilty on June 19, 2012. 

According to court documents, between January and March 2012, in Brevard County, Vilen used peer-to-peer software to receive, possess, and share with others, images and movies depicting child pornography.  Law enforcement officers searched Vilen's computers and found approximately 40 videos and 100 visual depictions of sexually abused children.  

“This particular case is extremely disturbing because it involves a former New Orleans police detective,” said Shane Folden, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Tampa, which oversees the agency’s Cocoa Beach office. “Child predators prey on the weak and use positions of trust to commit their crimes. Homeland Security Investigations investigates child predators to the full extent of the law. We see that in this case; Vilen received significantly more time in prison than the minimum sentence dictates.”

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 Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.

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










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