Lakeland Man Sentenced To Sixteen Years For Production Of Child Pornography
July 1, 2014
Tampa, FL– U.S. District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Lawrence H. Dorman a/k/a “Howie” (43, Lakeland) to sixteen years in prison for production of child pornography. In addition to his prison term, Dorman forfeited a blue Ford truck, electronic media, and his interest in real property located at 3127 Gardner Place, in Lakeland, Florida. Dorman pleaded guilty on December 3, 2013.
According to court documents, following an anonymous tip from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip line, law enforcement determined that from approximately December 2012 until April 2013, Dorman engaged in a sexual relationship with a sixteen year-old minor female. Throughout the course of that relationship, Dorman supplied the minor with methamphetamine and produced videos of himself engaged in sexual acts with the minor.
On April 3, 2013, agents from HSI Tampa, the Lakeland Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Dorman’s residence. During the search of the residence, law enforcement seized and previewed several electronic media items, including a desktop computer containing a video file. An examination of the video depicted Dorman engaged in explicit sexual contact with a female who has been identified as the minor victim in this case.
At the time of the search warrant, law enforcement interviewed Dorman, a/k/a "Howie." Dorman admitted to having sex with the minor victim and creating video recordings of the sex acts. A subsequent interview with the minor victim corroborated the evidence seized in the case. The minor victim also advised that Dorman provided her with marijuana and methamphetamine while at his residence.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Tampa, and the Lakeland Police Department, with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.
This 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 (CEOS), 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.