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Former Gymnastics Coach Charged with Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor and Attempted Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2013

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced the arrest of defendant Raymond Adams, 42, of Boca Raton, in connection with a seven count indictment charging Adams with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, possession of child pornography, and attempted receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1470, 2252(a)(2) and 2252(a)(4)(B).

Adams, who is also facing pending state charges in Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit in case number 09019123CF10A related to molesting a 10 year old gymnastics student of his in 2009, had his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge William Matthewman yesterday. A pre-trial detention hearing is set for Monday, March 18, 2013, before the duty United States Magistrate Judge. If convicted, Adams faces a mandatory statutory minimum sentence of five years and a possible maximum statutory sentence of up to twenty years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. In addition, Adams would have to register as a sex offender.

Anyone with any information about this case should contact the FBI at (305) 944-9101.

This case was brought as 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandy Brentari Galler.

An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until 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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