Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge Of Possessing Child Pornography
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Arnold Bernard Conrad, Jr. (51, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and life term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, a detective from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office began an undercover operation to identify persons using a particular Internet file sharing program to obtain and share child pornography. During the investigation, the detective determined that Conrad was offering images of child pornography for distribution.
On December 15, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Conrad’s residence and two laptops and three external hard drives were seized. During an interview, Conrad stated, among other things, that the age of the youngest child in any of the downloaded child pornography was “maybe six.” Subsequent forensic analyses revealed that the computer media contained 504 images and 145 videos depicting child pornography.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff=s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
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 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.