Broward County Teacher Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography
A Broward county teacher pled guilty yesterday to possessing child pornography.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
Gregg Donshik, 47, of Hollywood, Florida, pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B). Sentencing is scheduled for December 21, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom. Donshik is facing a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison.
According to court documents, in March 2018, HSI Miami received information from Interpol regarding internet users in the U.S. who had created accounts and purchased child pornography on the dark web. In relation to this investigation, federal law enforcement executed a search warrant at Donshik’s residence and recovered several computers and other electronic media, containing images and videos of children being sexually abused. At the time of his arrest, Donshik was employed as a teacher. However, evidence indicated he accessed and possessed the child pornography from his home.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), 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 the Project Safe Childhood initiative and for information regarding Internet safety, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI in this matter and thanked the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis Viamontes.