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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bradenton Man Pleads Guilty To Producing Sex Abuse Video Series Of One-Year-Old

Tampa, Florida – James Lockhart (31, Bradenton) today pleaded guilty to an information charging him with producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography. Lockhart, formerly a paramedic for a private ambulance company, faces up to 70 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to the plea agreement, between March 2016 and February 2018, Lockhart produced a four-video series of child sex abuse where he recorded himself having sex with a one-year-old child. In the videos, Lockhart displayed signs bearing the dark web forum’s name and his online moniker in order to gain notoriety in the forum and elsewhere. In addition to the dark web series, Lockhart created other sex abuse videos and images of the child.

Lockhart also collected child pornography not involving the one-year-old victim. Following the execution of a search warrant on Lockhart’s residence, authorities seized devices containing 43 videos depicting child pornography and at least 4,000 images of child pornography. Lockhart’s child pornography collection included infants and sadomasochistic and violent conduct.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (Boston and Tampa), with assistance from the Queensland Police Service (Commonwealth of Australia). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated March 28, 2019