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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Previously Convicted Middleburg Sexual Predator Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Orlando Justino Gomez (55, Middleburg) to 11 years and 3 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The court also ordered him to serve a seven-year term of supervision upon completion of his prison sentence.  Gomez, who is already a registered sexual predator as the result of a prior state conviction for attempted capital sexual battery, was also ordered to register as a sexual offender pursuant to federal law. He pleaded guilty on July 18, 2014.

According to court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, on June 10, 2014, Gomez was found to be in possession of multiple images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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

It was 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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