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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 15, 2016

Orange County Man Pleads Guilty To Production Of Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Thomas Samborski, II (39, Orange County) has pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor to produce child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a life term of supervision. In addition, Samborski has agreed to pay restitution to the minor victim. The sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 6, 2016, before United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza. 

According to court records, Samborski made sexually suggestive advertisements regarding photographs of three minor children, including “minor victim 1,” on a file sharing website. As a result, a preliminary investigation eventually resulted in a federal search warrant being executed at his residence. During the execution of the warrant, Samborski’s cell phone was searched and found to contain child pornography depicting “minor victim 1,” which had been produced at his apartment on March 1, 2015, and March 3, 2015. The Internet history on the cell phone included searches and websites pertaining to rape; making chloroform; how to have sex with a virgin; spy and hidden cameras; and other similarly offensive searches. Samborski held a position of custody, care, or supervisory control over “minor victim 1,” a 9-year-old child.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

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.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated July 18, 2016