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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 18, 2019

Fort Myers Man Sentenced To Six Years For Distributing Child Pornography

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced Kenneth Christian Javi Garcia (24, Fort Myers) to six years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography. The court also ordered Javi Garcia to forfeit his computer, which was used to commit the offense. 

Javi Garcia pleaded guilty on September 28, 2018.

According to court documents, between August 30, 2017, and September 20, 2017, the FBI was able to directly connect to Javi Garcia’s computer and download approximately 200 files containing depictions of child pornography. On November 14, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Javi Garcia’s residence, where his computer was located and seized. A subsequent forensic analysis of the computer revealed approximately 450 videos of child pornography, with created file dates ranging from February 2016 through October 2017.  

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Innocent Images Task Force, which includes law enforcement from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Bradenton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.

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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Updated March 18, 2019