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PORT ST. LUCIE MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael Shea, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, announced the April 6 arrest of Samuel Biggs, 61, of Port St. Lucie, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of child pornography. The charges are the result of a joint investigation conducted by ICE-HSI and Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). At a hearing earlier today, Biggs was ordered detained pending trial.

On April 6, 2011, ICE HSI agents, along with MCSO and the Port St. Lucie Police Department officers, executed a search warrant at Biggs’ residence and seized Biggs’ computer, among other materials. A preliminary forensics analysis of his computer revealed the presence of child pornography.

If convicted, Biggs faces a minimum 5 year sentence and a maximum of up to 20 years in prison.

This case is part of Operation Predator, an ICE-led initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. Individuals with information about suspected child predators are encouraged to call 1-866-DHS-2ICE. For more information, visit www.ice.gov.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Killinger.

A complaint is only an accusation, and defendant are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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