Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Sean Calvin Ellixson (30, Orlando) with distribution of child sex abuse material. If convicted, Ellixson faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, up to 40 years, in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Ellixson that the United States intends to forfeit certain digital media devices, which are alleged to have been used by him to commit the offense.
According to the indictment, Ellixson distributed child sex abuse material on September 7, 2023. Ellixson is also alleged to have a prior conviction involving child sex abuse material.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with valuable assistance from the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office (New York) . It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Lyons.
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 Attorney’s 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.