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

Friday, November 28, 2014

DeLand Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of Children

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging David Jacob William Guite (30, DeLand) with producing, distributing, receiving, and possessing child pornography. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and a potential life term of supervision. Guite was arrested on October 29, 2014, at his residence in DeLand, Florida, pursuant to a federal criminal complaint. During his initial court appearance, he was ordered detained pending trial.  

According to the criminal complaint, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting in an undercover capacity, posted an advertisement on an online website for individuals who have a sexual interest in children and incest. Guite responded to the agent’s advertisement and, during the ensuing conversation, sent the agent sexually explicit images of a male child.

On October 29, 2014, FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at Guite’s residence. During an interview, he admitted to manufacturing, possessing, and distributing multiple sexually explicit images of minor children. A search and subsequent analysis of Guite’s smart phone revealed sexually explicit images of a male child taken during the time of the conversation with the undercover FBI agent.  

An indictment and a criminal complaint are merely formal charges that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.  

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the DeLand Police Department, and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Embry J. Kidd.

It 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.usdoj.gov/psc.

Updated January 26, 2015