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Palm City Businessman Sentenced on Internet Child Pornography Charges

February 28, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, James P. Kelly, Chief, Palm Beach County School District Police Department, G. Matthew Immler, Chief, Boynton Beach Police Department, and Robert L. Crowder, Sheriff, Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), announced yesterday’s sentencing of David Frederick Hayden, 53, of Hobe Sound, Florida, on child pornography charges. At yesterday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Hayden to 20 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. In addition, Hayden must register as a sex offender.

On November 18, 2011, after a five day trial, Hayden was convicted of receiving child pornography over the internet. During the trial, members of the South Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC) and other law enforcement officers testified that they had downloaded video files depicting child pornography from Hayden’s IP Address through the peer to peer file sharing network while working undercover. A subsequent search of Hayden’s personal and business computers resulted in the discovery of additional images of child pornography, including more than 30 video files in a shared folder labeled X DOWNLOAD on his business computer, which depicted child pornography.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department, Boynton Beach Police Department, and Martin County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.

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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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