BOSTON - A Florida man was sentenced today for producing child pornography
Douglas W. Boone, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to 19 ½ years in prison and lifetime supervised release for production of child pornography.
In 2010, Boone contacted a 13-year-old Massachusetts girl through the Internet. After communicating with the child for weeks and aware of her age, Boone persuaded her to perform sexual acts for him via the Internet, at least 20 times, between May and August 2010. Boone recorded some of these sessions and shared the videos with hundreds of others via file-sharing websites. Boone also sent the victim sex toys to use on camera for him and he showed himself masturbating to the victim via webcam.
In October 2010, Boone was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., and has since been in custody.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by Massachusetts law enforcement, as well as the Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Department of Justice High Technology Investigative Unit. Substantial assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Yoon and Stacy Dawson Belf of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit, and Trial Attorney Andrew McCormack of the Department of Justice Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.
This case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and the DOJ’s Criminal Divisions’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 as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
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