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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Putnam County Man Sentenced To Seven Years For Downloading Child Sex Abuse Videos

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Ryan Elton Devore (31, Satsuma) to seven years in federal prison for receiving child sexual abuse videos over the internet. He was also ordered to serve a 15-year term of supervised release, register as a sex offender, and pay $3,000 in restitution to child victims. 

According to court documents, on July 18, 2017, law enforcement 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 affirmatively. Forensic analyses from Devore’s custom-built computer tower and 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 Police Department, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. It was 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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated May 2, 2018