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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Charlotte County Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Distribution Of Child Pornography

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Daniel Edward Palmer (38, Port Charlotte) to 15 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, to be followed by a life term of supervision. The Court also ordered him to forfeit his computer and hard drive, which had been used to commit the offense. Palmer pleaded guilty on September 14, 2015.

According to court documents, between March 31, 2014, and July 8, 2014, an undercover FBI task force agent was able to download several child pornography files from Palmer’s computer using a file sharing program. During the execution of a federal search warrant at Palmer’s residence, agents located Palmer in his bedroom with his computer running. He admitted to the agents that he was the only person in the home who had used the computer. Forensic analyses of the computer revealed hundreds of videos depicting child pornography.

This case was investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.

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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Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 2, 2016