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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Panama City Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Timothy K. Smith, Jr., 37, with distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.  Count one of the indictment alleges that on or about June 28, 2014, Smith knowingly and intentionally distributed images and videos of child pornography.  Counts two and three allege that between August 21, 2012, and August 21, 2014, Smith knowingly received and possessed child pornography that involved a prepubescent minor and a minor younger than 12.  The indictment was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The indictment results from an investigation by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn Risinger.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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.  Our office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

Updated January 26, 2015