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Fort Myers Man Sentenced on Federal Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida - United States District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced John J. Hanlon, Jr. (22, Ft. Myers) to seven years in federal prison, followed by ten years of supervised release, for distributing and possessing child pornography. He pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2014.

According to court documents, between June 12, 2013, and July 14, 2013, Hanlon distributed videos depicting child pornography to an undercover FBI task force agent using an Internet peer-to-peer network. A federal search warrant was obtained for Hanlon’s residence and all of his electronic media-related items were seized. Forensic analyses of the seized items revealed more than 800 images and videos depicting child pornography.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Myers Resident Agency. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tama Koss Caldarone.

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

Updated February 5, 2015