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Gulf Breeze Man Sentenced To Thirty Years For Production And Receipt of Child Pornography

September 18, 2012

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Joseph Richard Robson, Sr., 72, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, was sentenced to thirty years in federal prison yesterday for production and receipt of child pornography.
On July 5, 2012, Robson pled guilty to production and receipt of child pornography.  Facts introduced at the time of his plea revealed that on February 15, 2012, Special Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), with the assistance of members of the Northern Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC), executed a federal search warrant at Robson’s residence.  As a result, agents seized a number of computers, cameras, storage devices, and other items.  Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that, during 2010, while at his home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Robson used, persuaded, induced, enticed, or coerced an eight-year-old child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.   Additionally, between 2010 and 2012, Robson received and stored approximately 6,085 files that contained images and/or videos of child pornography.
As part of his sentence, Senior United States District Judge Roger Vinson also imposed ten years supervised release, with the conditions that Robson attend sex offender treatment and that he register as a sex offender.
The sentence was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.  “With our law enforcement partners, we will continue to relentlessly pursue those who would exploit and harm such innocent and vulnerable victims,” said Ms. Marsh.  “Homeland Security Investigations does not tolerate child predators,” said Sue McCormick, Special Agent-in-Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa. “You cannot hide. We will find you. We will arrest you, and we will prosecute you."  U.S. Attorney Marsh expressed her continuing deep gratitude for the joint effort of the agencies participating in the North Florida ICAC, particularly ICE-HSI, the Pensacola Police Department, and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.  She credited the success of this prosecution to their investigative partnership.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Ryan Love.
This case was brought as part of the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorney’s 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. 



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