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Federal "Sextortion" and Cyberstalking Charges Filed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA B Christopher P. Gunn, 31, previously of Walton County, Florida, was indicted today on multiple charges involving the online sextortion and cyberstalking of young girls ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old.  The indictment was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The federal indictment alleges that Gunn, who was recently arrested on related charges in Alabama, extorted images and videos of minor females in “various states of undress, naked, and engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”  The indictment also charges that Gunn violated federal cyberstalking statutes by engaging these females online with the “intent to injure, harass, and cause substantial emotional distress.”  The conduct with which Gunn is charged in the Northern District of Florida is alleged to have occurred between October 2009 and March 2011.  In total, the indictment alleges that Gunn victimized eleven minor females who resided in various states throughout the nation.

Gunn is currently in custody in Montgomery, Alabama, on a federal indictment that also charges him with the production and possession of child pornography.  If convicted on all charges in the Florida indictment, Gunn faces over fifty years in federal prison.      

This case is being 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc .
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg.

An indictment is merely a formal charge by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until the government proves their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury at trial

 

 

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