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St. Petersburg Man Sentenced To More Than 12 Years For Child Exploitation Offenses

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Jorge Valencia (43, St. Petersburg) to 12 years and 11 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography and attempting to entice a minor. The Court also ordered Valencia to forfeit items that he had used while committing the offenses, including a laptop and an iPhone. Valencia pleaded guilty on September 24, 2015.

According to court documents, in January 2015, an undercover FBI task force officer discovered that Valencia was using an online file-sharing program to share files depicting child pornography. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at Valencia’s residence and several of his electronic devices were seized for evaluation.

The forensic analyses of the devices revealed that since at least 2012, Valencia had been using a phone messaging app to chat with individuals, he believed to be under the age of 18, for the purpose of soliciting sexually explicit pictures from them. A large collection of child pornography, including numerous videos and images depicting children under the age of 12, were also found on his devices.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Jones.

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 February 22, 2016

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