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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Former Pharmacy Technician Indicted For Attempting To Entice A Minor Online And Child Pornography Offenses

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces today the return of a superseding indictment charging Matthew Bryan Caniff (33, Gainesville) with attempted online enticement of a minor, advertising for child pornography, and attempted production of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison on the attempted enticement charge. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, in prison for each of the enticement, advertising, and attempted production charges.

According to court documents, between March 31 and April 1, 2016, Caniff engaged in a series of online text conversations with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old child. This "child" was actually an undercover FBI agent. During the course of these conversations, Caniff discussed in graphic detail his desire to have sex with the “child” at “her” home. He also sent several explicit photos of himself to the “child,” and told “her” that he would bring prescription drugs with him to share with “her.” During the early morning hours on April 1, 2016, Caniff drove from Gainesville to a home in St. Johns County to meet the “child” for sex. He was arrested by deputes from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and several prescription pills were found in his possession.

This case was investigated by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

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.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 19, 2016