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Opa Locka Man Sentenced for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, announced that defendant Vincent Allen Knapp, 45 of Opa Locka, Florida, was sentenced today on one count of distribution of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2), and two counts of possession of child pornography, in violation of title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B).

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Knapp to 151 months in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Mr. Knapp will be required to register as a sex offender and will be subject to the supervision requirements under the Adam Walsh Act.

Knapp previously pled guilty to the three-count indictment charging him with distribution and possession of child pornography. According to statements made in court, ICE-HSI discovered Knapp downloading child pornography from peer-to-peer file sharing networks on the Internet. Knapp, in turn, shared his collection of child pornography over the Internet with other users of the peer-to-peer file sharing networks that Knapp used, including Frostwire and BearShare.

ICE-HSI Computer Forensic Special Agents discovered that Knapp had stored several hundred pictures and videos of children being sexually abused, on his computer, on a portable thumb drive, and on his cellular telephone. Forensic Special Agents also found that Knapp created a file system to organize his child pornography collection. The pictures and videos found on the defendant’s computer, thumb drive, and cellular phone depict scenes of extreme violence against children.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria K. Medetis.

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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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