Former Police Sergeant Sentenced To More Than 4 Years In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Jonathan Gamson (53, Tampa) today to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The court also ordered Gamson to forfeit a computer and external hard drive involved in the offense. Gamson pleaded guilty on February 4, 2013.
According to court documents and statements made by Gamson at the sentencing hearing, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Gamson's residence on May 11, 2011. A preview of the computers at the residence, followed by further forensic analysis, confirmed that a computer contained multiple images of child pornography. At the time of the search, Gamson was employed as a sergeant with the Tampa Police Department.
Further investigation revealed that the Internet web history for a Gateway computer that had been previewed, but not seized, had been used to view multiple websites containing child pornography. On May 20, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a second search warrant to seize the Gateway computer. That computer had been moved from Gamson's home office to his garage, and the hard drive had been removed. Gamson told law enforcement agents that he had thrown the hard drive away, claiming that he was concerned about someone hacking into his computer over his open home wireless internet connection.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Bini.
It is another 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."