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Putnam County Man Pleads Guilty To Downloading Child Sex Abuse Videos Over The Internet

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Ryan Elton Devore (31, Satsuma) has pleaded guilty to receiving child sexual abuse videos over the Internet. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to 20 years, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.


According to court documents, on July 18, 2017, federal agents and local officers executed a search warrant at Devore’s home in connection with an online child exploitation investigation. When the agents asked Devore if he had come across pornography involving children under the age of 12, he responded, “Well, yeah, I was gonna say, I know, I, I probably have before, yeah.” Forensic analyses of Devore’s custom-built computer tower and a cellphone revealed that the devices contained numerous depictions of child pornography, including at least 400 videos of children being sexually abused.   


This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Gainesville (FL) Police Department, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.


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, 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

Updated January 16, 2018

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