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January 18, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Alysa Erichs, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) announce the indictment of Donald Bartling, 54, of Miami, on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252(a)(2) and (b)(1) and 2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(2) (Counts 1 and 2, respectively). Bartling is scheduled to appear in court at 10:00 a.m. on January 20, 2012 for arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge John O’Sullivan.

According to the indictment and an earlier affidavit filed in support of a Criminal Complaint, on October 25, 2011, during an investigation, ICE-HSI downloaded two videos containing child pornography from a program associated with Bartling’s IP address. A subsequent search of Bartling’s desktop computer revealed numerous videos of child pornography.

If convicted, Bartling faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison on Count 1 (distribution of child pornography) and 10 years in prison on Count 2 (possession of child pornography).

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice and is led by 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 better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Perwin.

An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Complaint (PDF)
Indictment (PDF)

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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 Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

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