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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cape Coral Man Sentenced To More Than 11 Years For Posting Child Pornography On The Internet

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Dillon Shutt (26, Cape Coral) to 11 years and 3 months in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography. Shutt had pleaded guilty on August 8, 2017. 

According to court documents, Shutt used the KIK messenger app to convince an 11-year-old girl to send him images and videos of herself masturbating. Shutt then posted those images to a website, used the victim’s name to describe the images, and advertised the link on a social media site. In addition, Shutt possessed a total of 498 images and 36 videos on his cellphone depicting minors, as young as toddlers, being sexually abused.

This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles D. Schmitz.

This is another case 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, 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 October 24, 2018