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Brevard County Elementary School Principal Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Ricky Delano Sheppard (59, Brevard County) was arrested and charged by criminal complaint today with possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and up to a lifetime of supervision. At the time of the incident, Sheppard was working as a principal at the Holland Spessard Elementary School, in Brevard County.

According to court records, on June 3, 2016, agents assigned to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office task force executed a search warrant at Sheppard’s residence in Brevard County. During a forensic examination of Sheppard’s computer media, computer experts found hundreds of images of child pornography.

Sheppard made his initial appearance in federal court earlier today, in Orlando. He remains detained pending further proceedings. A preliminary and detention hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, 2016, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

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


Updated August 24, 2016

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