Jury Convicts Brevard County Man On Child Pornography Charges
Orlando, Florida – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Randolph St. Gourdin (38, Palm Bay) guilty of receiving child pornography. St. Gourdin faces a minimum penalty of five years, up to a maximum of twenty years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 17, 2014.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, St. Gourdin downloaded videos of child pornography using a file sharing program. After viewing the videos, he deleted them using a software program to wipe his computer clean. However, computer forensic agents from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) task force located the videos previously deleted from his computer. The jury heard St. Gourdin’s recorded confession stating that he searched for the child pornography because of his sexual curiosity for those types of videos.
This case was investigated by ICE-HSI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson.
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.