Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt Of Child Pornography
Jacksonville, FL - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced that Dwaine Charles Idleman (66, Jacksonville) pleaded guilty yesterday to receiving images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. He faces not less than 5 years, up to 20 years in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Idleman was named in a criminal information charging him with the offense on August 5, 2013.
According to court documents, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) began an undercover operation to identify persons using the Internet to receive and share child pornography. The agent identified a particular host computer using a particular internet protocol (IP) address that was sharing images of child pornography on a file sharing network. Further investigation revealed that the subscriber was Dwaine C. Idleman in Jacksonville.
On June 28, 2012, HSI special agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at the Idleman residence in Jacksonville. Idleman was present, and agreed to speak with the agents. Idleman stated, among other things, that he had come across pornography sites with people that were “too young” but that he “got out of it.” Idleman stated that he had a particular file sharing program, but does not keep it installed on his computer. When told that the agents knew that he was downloading child pornography files into his residence and that he was sharing it back out of the residence, Idleman stated, “I’m not sharing it; I didn’t think I was, and I didn’t know that I was keeping it, I know I got a problem and if this escalates into an arrest, my life is over.”
While at Idleman's residence, the agents seized his laptop computer. Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that it contained at least four images and one video depicting child pornography. The analysis also showed Idleman downloaded child pornography on the morning of June 28, 2012, just before the arrival of law enforcement.
The case was investigated by HSI, and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
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 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.