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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Volusia County Man Sentenced To More Than 16 Years For Production Of Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida – Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway has sentenced William A. Harvey (50, DeLand) to 16 years and 8 months in federal prison for production of child pornography. He was also ordered to serve a life term of supervision following his release from prison. Harvey pleaded guilty on March 31, 2015.

According to court documents, Harvey produced child pornography at his residence on May 5, 2014. His victim was a 16-year-old autistic girl. Harvey took several photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The victim told someone about the incident the following day and law enforcement was contacted. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed, during which officers found a computer and an external hard drive in Harvey’s bedroom. A forensic examination of the equipment revealed 20 pornographic images of the victim. The victim had stated that Harvey had used a purple camera to take the photographs of her. That camera was also found during the execution of the search warrant.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and the DeLand Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.

This 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 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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated June 19, 2015