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Monday, January 6, 2014

Fort Myers Man Sentenced To 7 Years' Imprisonment For Distributing Child Pornography

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced Charles Allen Nave, III (39, Fort Myers) to seven years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. The court also ordered him to forfeit a Dell Precision laptop and a 2 GB SD card, which were used in the facilitation of the offense.   

Charles Allen Nave, III was found guilty on September 17, 2013.

According to court documents, on January 31, 2013, Nave knowingly distributed child pornography over the Internet, to an undercover agent that he met in an online chat room. Nave sent the undercover agent four emails, along with images of child pornography as attachments. Subsequent to the execution of a search warrant, Nave was found to possess in excess of 300 images and 20 videos of child pornography.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with participation from the Sanibel Police Department, the Fort Myers Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.

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 the 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

Updated January 26, 2015