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New York Resident Sentenced on Charges of Distribution of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD), and Peter Antonacci, Palm Beach County State Attorney, announced that defendant Jason P. Bailey, of New York, was sentenced yesterday in Fort Lauderdale by U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch to 17.5 years in prison, followed by 40 years of supervised release, for distribution of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(1).

On February 19, 2011, law enforcement in Palm Beach County conducted an internet investigation into the trafficking of child pornography via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. During this investigation, law enforcement successfully downloaded from Bailey child pornography images that were being offered by Bailey via this file sharing program. During this same time frame, Bailey also allowed undercover law enforcement officers in New York to download from him child pornography images and videos. On May 5, 2011, the NYPD Vice Unit seized Bailey’s computer. A forensic examination later revealed that Bailey possessed over 1,000 images of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the NYPD Vice Unit and the State Attorney’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rinku Tribuiani.

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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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