Inmate Serving A 30-Year Sentence In Florida State Prison Sentenced For Mailing Threatening Letters To Florida Judges
Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan yesterday sentenced Franklin Stuart King (40, Interlachen) to 7 years and 6 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet. He was also ordered to serve a life term of supervision and register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. King has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on October 10, 2013.
According to court documents, an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Jacksonville began an investigation to identify individuals in that area that had access to and/or were trading images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. Using specialized software, the agent determined that a host computer using an Internet Protocol (IP) address in Putnam County was hosting images of child pornography using a file-sharing program. The agent made a successful connection to this host computer over the Internet and downloaded several images that depicted child pornography.
Further investigation revealed that the subscriber information traced back to King’s residence in Interlachen. Subsequently, HSI agents and other officers executed a federal search warrant at King’s residence. Agents seized, among other things, King’s computer and other items of electronic media. A forensic analysis of King's computer media revealed that it contained a total of 808 images that featured the sexual abuse of minor children.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown. It is another 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 the 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.usdoj.gov/psc.