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Tampa Man Sentenced To 12 Years On Federal Child Pornography Charges

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

Tampa, FL - U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Paul Henry Carlin (58, Tampa) yesterday to 12 years in federal prison for transportation and receipt of child pornography. The court also ordered Carlin to forfeit computers and thumb drives, which were used in the offense. Carlin pleaded guilty on March 1, 2013.

According to court documents, between May and December 2012, Carlin used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to distribute at least 17 files depicting child pornography to undercover FBI agents. In December 2012, Carlin's computers and thumb drives were seized. Agents found more than 300 images and 100 videos of child pornography on his computer media. Carlin also admitted to law enforcement agents that he had been seeking and downloading images and videos of child pornography.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.

It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by 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 better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated January 26, 2015