MISSISSIPPI MAN SENTENCED TO NINETY-SEVEN MONTHS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Gulfport, Miss – Robert A. Ormsbee, 60, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was sentenced in U. S. District Court today to serve a total of ninety-seven months in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession of child pornography, announced U. S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in New Orleans. Ormsbee was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution. He was ordered to register as a sex offender, and he forfeited all computer equipment and other electronic devices.
Ormsbee, a former employee of an AT&T Call Center in Ocean Springs, pled guilty in May, 2012, to possessing over 3,127 images and 121 videos depicting child exploitation. Some of the videos depicted elements of bondage and bestiality.
“While some may mistakenly believe that simply downloading and possessing child pornography is a victimless crime, the facts clearly state otherwise,” said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New Orleans. “Not only are these children victimized all over again by the spread of these images, these products also create a perverse incentive for other children to be victimized. HSI will continue to pursue child predators wherever we find them – they will not be allowed to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet.”
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.
The case was investigated by agents with ICE HSI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Glenda R. Haynes.
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