Federal Jury Convicts Registered Sexual Predator Of Attempting To Entice A 14-Year-Old Child To Produce Sexual Abuse Videos Using A Smart Phone
Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced David Erdman (51, Fort Myers) to eight years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervision, for possessing and distributing child pornography. He pleaded guilty on August 14, 2015.
According to court documents, during an FBI investigation into individuals who were using peer-to-peer software to share child pornography files, an agent connected with Erdman’s computer and downloaded child pornography files. On February 20, 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at Erdman’s residence. A forensic analysis of his laptop revealed an extensive collection of images and videos depicting child pornography. During an interview with agents, Erdman admitted to searching for child pornography since approximately 2000.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Chief Assistant United States Attorney Jesus M. Casas.
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.