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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation Present Child Protection Award To The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge John Condon, and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Walker announce that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has been presented with a Child Protection Award for its role in investigating more than 100 cases that have resulted in successful federal prosecutions of child exploitation offenses, as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative.

For approximately 15 years, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with either Homeland Security Investigations or the FBI by providing Task Force Officers and other investigators to work on child exploitation cases. The investigators from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office have served as the lead case agents, undercover officers, and forensic examiners on more than 100 child exploitation cases that have been successfully prosecuted in federal court.

“Protecting our children from those who would seek to do them harm is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners,” said U.S. Attorney Handberg. “For 15 years we have had an excellent partner in the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The investigators with the Sheriff’s Office are skilled and dedicated professionals who are committed to using their lawful authority to protect children from sexual exploitation. It is an incredible achievement for one office to have successfully worked on over 100 successful federal prosecutions.  Those prosecutions have served to protect children in Brevard County and across the United States. We look forward to many more successes working together with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on these important cases.”

“It takes an incredible team to protect our children from predators who seek to steal their innocence and destroy their futures,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tampa Special Agent in Charge John Condon. “Our partnership with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office makes Project Safe Childhood a stronger program. The investigators with Brevard County are passionate and skilled professionals who work side-by-side with our special agents to protect our children from sexual exploitation.” 

“We value our partnership with Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the knowledge and commitment the investigators bring to the table in these difficult investigations,” said FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge David Walker. “The FBI welcomes a continued partnership in successfully deterring individuals and criminal networks exploiting children.”

Some significant cases investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office include: 

  • United States v. Roberto Oquendo and Rose Litzky – In September 2016, Oquendo was the subject of a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a tip that Oquendo was in possession of child pornography. During an ensuing interview, Oquendo admitted that for several years, he had used a cellphone to search for and view child pornography. He also disclosed that while residing in Brevard County, he used a cellphone to take explicit pictures of two female children under his custody for his sexual gratification. Computer media seized from Oquendo’s residence was found to contain thousands of images and videos of the two minor victims (toddlers at the time), as well as images of other children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The evidence further showed that Oquendo used a social media application to engage in live chats with Litzky, during which Litzky engaged two female children in sexually explicit conduct for Oquendo’s viewing and sexual gratification. Oquendo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography and production of child pornography. On August 26, 2019, he was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. After trial, a federal jury found Litzky guilty of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. On February 6, 2020, she was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison

 

  • United States v. Michael Glascock – An undercover agent responded to an online advertisement which Glascock had posted on Craigslist and engaged in communications with Glascock. In these communications, Glascock described his sexual abuse of a three-year-old victim and offered to allow the undercover agent to engage in sexual activity with the minor victim. After Glascock agreed to meet the undercover agent, agents went to Glascock’s home on Merritt Island, where they met Glascock and located the minor victim. Glascock admitted to sexually abusing and producing child sex abuse images of the minor victim. Glascock pleaded guilty to attempted sexual enticement of a minor and production of child sex abuse images. On February 6, 2015, he was sentenced to life in federal prison.

 

  • United States v. Matthew Howard – Howard created a sexually explicit advertisement on Craigslist that made reference to a minor female. An undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl engaged Howard in online communications. During the online communications, Howard told the “minor” that he wanted to engage with her in sexual conduct. Howard then traveled to Rockledge to meet the “minor” for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct, at which time he was arrested. After trial, a federal jury found Howard guilty of attempted sexual enticement of a minor. On September 10, 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

 

These cases were 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 November 15, 2022