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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Jacksonville Man Arrested And Charged With Transportation And Possession Of Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced today that Craig Harry Lipinski (49, Jacksonville) has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with transporting and possessing child pornography. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison and a potential lifetime of supervision. 

According to the complaint, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted an undercover child exploitation investigation and determined that a host computer connected to Lipinski’s residence was sharing videos of child pornography using an online file-sharing program. On January 30, 2018, HSI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Lipinski’s residence and made contact with him. At that time, agents observed that a computer at the home was actively downloading files using the same file sharing program, including some with the terms “teen” and “young” in their titles. During an interview, Lipinski stated that he lived alone, that he had downloaded movies from the file sharing program, and that he had “probably downloaded some miscellaneous, some inappropriate stuff.” An onsite forensic examination of Lipinski’s computer revealed at least 10 files depicting child pornography, including two copies of one of the videos that had been shared on October 17, 2017, and that depicted a young child being sexually abused.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

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.

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Updated February 2, 2018