Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Charles Bernard Long (43, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to possession of child sexual abuse material. Long faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, on May 20 and June 1, 2023, undercover investigators downloaded child sexual abuse images through a file sharing program from a device using the internet protocol address at Long’s residence.
On August 10, 2023, FBI investigators executed a search warrant at Long’s residence and seized his digital media devices. A forensic review of those devices found approximately 260 files of child sexual abuse material, some depicting children as young as six years old.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Rachel S. 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 Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’ 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.