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Orange County Man Sentenced For Production Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today sentenced Thomas Samborski, II (41, Orange County) to 20 years in federal prison and a life term of supervised release for production of child pornography. The Court also ordered him to pay restitution and to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. 

Samborski pleaded guilty in July 2016.

According to the plea agreement, on March 1, 2015, Samborski made sexually suggestive posts involving photographs of three minor children on a file sharing Internet site. As a result, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation and on March 6, 2015, agents executed a search warrant at Samborski’s residence.  During the search, agents recovered an iPhone 6 Plus containing hundreds of lascivious images of a female child that had been produced on March 1 and March 3, 2015.  Additional electronic devices and media containing child pornography, including photographs showing the sexual abuse of infants and other minor victims, were also recovered. 

"This criminal has caused irreparable harm to a young child and he will now spend the next 20 years in prison for these crimes,” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. “We hope that today’s sentencing can bring a small measure of closure to the victim and family.”

This case was investigated by 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

Updated October 13, 2016

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