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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 24, 2019

Former Emergency Medical Technician Sentenced To 19 Years For Possession Of Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Bryan Matthew Cooney (30, Casselberry) to 19 years in federal prison, to be followed by 30 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography.  The court also ordered Cooney to forfeit a cellphone, which was used in furtherance of the commission of the offense.

According to court records, from September 19 through September 27, 2018, Cooney chatted with an FBI undercover agent (UC) though a social media application about sexually exploiting a 12-year-old girl, who Cooney alleged was his daughter.  During the chats, Cooney shared clothed images of the child with the UC and alleged to have had sexually abused and produced images of the girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

On October 30, 2018, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Cooney’s residence and interviewed him.  Cooney admitted that he was the person chatting with the UC about sexually exploiting a 12-year-old child, who was actually his friend’s daughter.  Cooney indicated that he obtained images of the girl from his friend’s Facebook page and shared them with the UC during chats. Cooney said that he had been viewing child pornography for the past four of five years and gave the agents access to his Dropbox account, where they found hundreds of videos and numerous images of child pornography. The images depict bestiality and other acts of sadistic conduct against children between the ages of 4 and 10. 

Additionally, in a subfolder, Cooney had images of his Facebook friend’s daughters.  Cooney had posted some of those images on a social media application while pretending that one of the children was his alleged 12-year-old daughter. Cooney did this in an effort to obtain images of child pornography from other online users.  The subfolder was identified with the child’s real name.

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.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

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Updated June 24, 2019