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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Orange Park Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Ronald Boike (50, Orange Park) has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.  Boike faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Boike was involved in an online relationship with a minor child for at least two years. He used a cell phone chat application to communicate with the minor.  Boike sent sexually explicit pictures of himself to the minor in order to encourage and coax her to produce and send him pornographic pictures or videos of herself. During ongoing conversations with the minor, Boike saved pornographic pictures and videos of the minor on his family’s computer.  Boike’s wife learned of his relationship with the minor after finding the videos on the family’s computer. Boike’s wife subsequently filed a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Malisa Chokshi.

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, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.         

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