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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Orlando Man Sentenced To 8 Years For Distributing Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida – Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway sentenced David Lahn (60, Orlando) yesterday to 8 years in federal prison for distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography.  Lahn is also required to register as a sex offender and to serve a 20-year term of supervision, following his release from prison.  The court also ordered Lahn to forfeit his computer equipment.  Lahn pleaded guilty on June 26, 2013.

According to court documents, on September 6, 2011, Lahn emailed images of child pornography to an individual in Australia.  Later in 2011, the Queensland Police Service in Australia arrested the recipient of Lahn’s child pornography and informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of Lahn’s email.  Lahn later admitted to special agents that he sent the September 6, 2011 email and the attached images of child pornography.  Law enforcement officers conducted a forensic examination of Lahn’s computers and found that he possessed more than 1,000 images and at least five videos depicting children and infants being sexually abused and exploited.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.

This 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.usdoj.gov/psc.

Updated January 26, 2015