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St. Lucie County Resident Convicted of Child Pornography Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2013

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kenneth Mascara, Sheriff, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO), announced that on March 7, 2013, a Ft. Pierce federal jury found defendant Cameron Dean Bates, 46, of Port Saint Lucie, guilty on all 18 counts of an indictment that charged Bates with receipt and distribution of child pornography via the internet.

U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore, who presided over the eight day trial, immediately remanded Bates to the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service. Sentencing has been scheduled for June 3, 2013 in Ft Pierce. At sentencing, Bates faces a mandatory minimum of five years in jail and up to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release on each of the eight counts of receipt of child pornography and the one count of distribution of child pornography. Bates faces up to ten years imprisonment on the eight counts of accessing child pornography and the one count of possession of child pornography. In addition, Bates will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to testimony at trial, in March 2011, SLCSO detectives and members of the South Florida Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force began an Internet investigation using Peer-to-Peer (P2P) software. During this investigation, law enforcement found that between December 2010 and June 19, 2012, several internet protocol (IP) addresses linked to Cameron Dean Bates in both St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County were used to download and share child pornography files. Detectives reviewed a number of the files associated with the IP addresses, and confirmed that the files contained child pornography.

On June 29, 2012, a state authorized search warrant was executed at Bates’ residence in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. During the search, law enforcement seized a Dell black/silver laptop computer from Bates’ car. An on-sight forensic preview scan of the computer found numerous, non-deleted, child pornography images and videos, which included a minor child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. A full forensic analysis of Bates’ laptop revealed numerous images and videos of child pornography, along with personally produced adult pornography by Bates.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and HSI for their assistance and their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carmen Lineberger and A. Marie Villafana.

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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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