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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lake City Photographer Sentenced To Three Years For Possessing Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Ronald Charles Waters (66, Lake City) to three years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The court also ordered him to serve a seven-year term of supervision and to register as a sex offender following his release. Waters was arrested on November 20, 2013, in Lake City, and has been in custody since that time. 

According to court documents, agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) determined that several individuals, including the user of a particular e-mail address, had received an e-mail containing images of child pornography. Further investigation revealed that the e-mail account belonged to Waters.  On November 20, 2013, HSI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at his residence, where they seized an external media storage device that contained at least two videos and at least 16 images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Waters admitted that he knowingly possessed these videos and images.       

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Jacksonville Sheriff=s Office, and the Lake City Police Department. It was 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.

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