St. Augustine Serial Child Molester Convicted Of Hacking Jumbotron, Child Exploitation Offenses, Sex Offender Registration Violations, And Firearm Possession
Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Pietro Devine (37, Orlando) with three counts of receiving child sex abuse material and one count of possessing child sex abuse material. If convicted on all counts, Devine faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to 20 years, in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Devine that the United States intends to forfeit certain digital media devices, which are alleged to have been used by him to commit the offenses with which he is charged.
According to the indictment, Devine received child sex abuse material on August 21, September 3, and September 8, 2023, and possessed child sex abuse material on September 14, 2023.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Lyons.
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 Attorney’s 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.