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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 22, 2016

Ocoee Man Sentenced To 42 Years In Federal Prison For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton today sentenced Timothy Michael Sedlak (43, Ocoee) to 42 years in federal prison for production and possession of child pornography.  The Court also ordered him to forfeit the computers and electronic equipment used in the offenses.  A federal jury found Sedlak guilty on May 26, 2016.

According to court documents, on two occasions, Sedlak took photographs of himself sexually abusing a small child.  The first incident took place in September 2009, when the victim was a year old, and the second incident took place in April 2011, when the child was three.  The images of Sedlak abusing the child were discovered when United States Secret Service agents executed a search warrant on Sedlak’s home as part of an unrelated computer intrusion investigation.  In addition to the images of the victim, agents discovered hundreds of images of child pornography on Sedlak’s computers that had been downloaded from the Internet.

"The horrible victimization this young child has survived cannot be erased, but we can ensure this criminal cannot harm another child," said Susan L. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Division of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who assisted with the investigation of the case. "HSI and our law enforcement partners will continue to make our communities safer and hold monsters like this accountable for their actions."

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 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.justice.gov/psc.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.

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Updated August 22, 2016