Jacksonville Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Federal Prison For Attempted Production Of Child Sex Abuse Material
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II has sentenced Stephen Longest (27, Oviedo) to 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. He was also ordered to pay $5,500 in restitution to a victim of the offense, and to forfeit the computers and electronic devices he had used to commit the crime. Longest pleaded guilty on April 2, 2015.
According to court documents, for at least four years, Longest used a file-sharing program to receive thousands of images depicting the sexual abuse of infants and young children. Law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at his home and located hundreds of child pornography images on his smart phone and computers.
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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Gable.