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FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2011

LUKE SOBIECHOWSKI, age 22, of Tallahassee, Florida, pled guilty today in federal court before U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to a felony involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the court documents, on October 29, 2009, after receiving information that SOBIECHOWSKI had searched for, downloaded, and viewed images depicting the victimization of children via computer software from the Internet, federal agents located SOBIECHOWSKI at his former residence in New Orleans, Louisiana. SOBIECHOWSKI was found to be in possession of computers that contained images depicting the sexual victimization of minor children. SOBIECHOWSKI admitted to downloading the images by using “peer-to-peer” computer software, into which he input specific search terms to search for electronic images. SOBIECHOWSKI further admitted that he would subsequently download and save the images to his personal computer.

SOBIECHOWSKI faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five (5) years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of twenty (20) years, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He can also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for May 19, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. 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.

This case is being investigated by special agents from the U. S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution of this case is being handled Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.

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