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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marion County Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Receiving Child Pornography

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge W. Terrell Hodges sentenced Dominick Nardone (35, Belleview) yesterday to seven years in federal prison for receiving images of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, he will be required to serve a 10-year term of supervision following his release and must register as a sex offender. Nardone pleaded guilty on August 26, 2014.

According to court documents, on January 13, 2014, federal agents executed a search warrant at Nardone’s Belleview residence, after discovering Internet Protocol (IP) addresses linked to known images of child pornography at that location. During an interview with agents, Nardone admitted that he had been downloading child pornography since “sometime in the 1990s.” He expressed a preference for images of young boys between the ages of three and eleven. Nardone also told the agents that they would find thousands of images and movie files of child pornography on his personal computer and on multiple CDs and DVDs throughout the home. A forensic examination of these items subsequently confirmed that Nardone had received approximately 85,000 images of child pornography over the Internet.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

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 United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated February 5, 2015