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Former Gymnastics Coach Sentenced to Twenty Years in Prison for Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 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 sentencing of defendant Raymond Adams, 42, of Boca Raton, in connection with his conviction for attempted receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2). After finding that Adams had a twenty year history of sexually molesting his gymnastics students, the Honorable Donald M. Middlebrooks sentenced Adams to 20 years, the maximum statutory term of imprisonment, to be followed by lifetime supervised release. In addition, Adams will have to register as a sex offender.

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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandy Galler.

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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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