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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 27, 2016

Tampa Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Online Child Exploitation

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Andre Eugene Favreau (31, Tampa) to 25 years in federal prison for online enticement of a minor and transportation and receipt of child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the computers used in the crimes. Favreau pleaded guilty on January 27, 2016.

According to court documents and testimony, the investigation began in December 2014, when an undercover agent downloaded files from Favreau’s Internet Protocol (IP) address via an Internet peer-to-peer program. On May 14, 2015, FBI agents seized a desktop computer belonging to Favreau, which he admitted contained child pornography. A forensic review of the computer subsequently revealed that it contained at least 140 images and 85 videos of child pornography.

On July 17, 2015, law enforcement obtained federal search warrants for Favreau’s Samsung tablet and his Instagram account. Further investigation revealed that Favreau had used his Instagram account to send child pornography images to others, and that on April 8, 2015, he had used the account to communicate with an individual that he believed was under the age of 18 years old. Favreau intentionally attempted to persuade that minor to engage in sexual activity and produce images of the activity.

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

This case was 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 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.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated June 1, 2016