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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Milton Truck Driver Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Crimes

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Andre M. Straughn, 39, of Milton, Florida, pled guilty today to receipt and transportation of child pornography, as well as making a false statement to a federal agent.  The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In July 2015, law enforcement agents became aware of online child pornography files that were linked to Straughn’s online activities.  Law enforcement agents conducted an investigation and determined that Straughn was a truck driver who traveled to other states with his cellular device and laptop and used multiple electronic platforms to engage in online child pornography.  After Straughn returned home from a trip, agents searched Straughn’s residence.  Straughn told law enforcement agents that he did not have an online storage account, did not use the social media application Kik, and could not remember the password to his cellular telephone.  A forensic review of Straughn’s electronic devices revealed that Straughn did maintain online storage accounts and a Kik account.  In total, Straughn’s online storage account, laptop, and other electronic devices revealed more than 50,000 images and videos of child pornography, dating back approximately 10 years.

For each child pornography charge, Straughn faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.  For the false statement charge, Straughn faces a maximum of 8 years in prison.  The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 18, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.

The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Pensacola Police Department, and other agencies that are part of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

For more information, contact:
Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer
(850) 216-3854, amy.alexander@usdoj.gov

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 2, 2016