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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tallahassee Man Convicted of Federal Child Pornography Crimes

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Ray Eugene Collins, 62, of Tallahassee, was convicted today of receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.  The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

At trial, the government presented evidence that, in January 2014, law enforcement officers identified a computer determined to belong to Collins that was sharing child pornography files through a peer-to-peer network.  A forensic review of Collins’s laptop and external hard drive revealed that Collins had downloaded dozens of videos and images of child pornography between October 2013 and January 2014.

This case resulted from investigations by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason S. Beaton.

Collins faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.  Collins’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee.

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 October 18, 2016