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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Orlando Man Sentenced To 60 Years In Federal Prison On Child Pornography Charges

Orlando, FL – Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced William Edward Osman (34, Orlando) to 60 years in federal prison for the production, distribution, and possession of child pornography.  Osman was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender upon completion of his custodial sentence.  Osman pleaded guilty on February 28, 2014, and he was sentenced on August 29, 2014.

According to court documents, beginning in December 2012, Osman began sexually abusing his one-year-old child and taking pictures of that abuse with his cell phone.  Over a period of several months, Osman continued to systematically record his abuse of the child.  In September 2013, Osman traded some of the images of child pornography he had produced using his infant child with another man in Brevard County, Florida, who was recording the abuse of his own three-year-old child.  The two met when the Brevard County man responded to a personal ad Osman had placed on Craigslist.  They soon began discussing the abuse of their children, specifically mentioning their interest in having a “baby orgy.” 

On October 15, 2013, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at Osman’s home in Orange County, Florida.  During the search, agents recovered the images Osman had produced using his infant child and the images the man from Brevard County had sent of his own infant child.  Investigators also found 194 movies and 588 images of child pornography on Osman’s media storage devices.  Most of the movies and images depicted prepubescent children and/or sadomasochistic conduct.

“Protecting our children from these crimes is one of HSI’s top priorities,” said Susan L. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Tampa. “This sentencing should serve as a stark reminder to the serious nature of crimes against children.”

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.

It is another case 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 the 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Updated January 26, 2015