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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tampa Man Sentenced To Twenty Years For Producing Child Pornography Of Minors He Met Online

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Terrell Eady (33, Tampa) to 20 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Eady had pleaded guilty on December 21, 2018.

According to court documents, between February and March 2010, Eady persuaded two female minors, whom he had met online, to produce and send him child pornography.

Eady met one of his victims on Facebook, where he had claimed to be a 15-year-old boy. He told the victim that he had obtained a naked video of her and threatened to send the video to her Facebook friends unless, she took naked photographs of herself for him, or filmed herself on a webcam. Unbeknownst to Eady, law enforcement took over the girl’s Facebook account and Eady attempted to persuade an undercover agent, whom Eady believed was the minor, to produce child pornography and send it to him.

The investigation revealed that Eady had previously communicated with a 16- year-old girl online. Eady had pressured that minor to produce and send him child pornography and threatened to send naked photographs of the girl to her friends on the internet unless, she produced more naked photographs for him. Pressured by Eady, the minor produced and sent him at least three pornographic images of herself.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the New York Police Department. 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 April 12, 2019