Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington today sentenced Tyler Dwayne Waddle (35, Tampa) to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison for transporting child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit an iPod Touch, which he had used to store and send this child pornography. Waddle pleaded guilty on January 31, 2017.
According to court documents, Waddle transported child pornography to undercover agents in May 2016. Agents also forensically reviewed Waddle’s iPod Touch and discovered that it contained approximately 1,900 images of child pornography, at least some of which were sadistic images of prepubescent children.
“Today this predator is being held accountable for his deviant crimes,” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. “But what we’d like everyone to remember is the victims of these horrendous crimes will be affected for their entire lifetime.”
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory T. Nolan.
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.