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Former Army lieutenant colonel sentenced to federal prison for possessing child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – On March 5, a former Army lieutenant colonel was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography, after pleading guilty in December 2023.

On March 10, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a residential search warrant at home of Edgar Ali Cerda, 49, of Cooper City. An examination of Cerda’s electronic devices revealed multiple images and videos depicting sexual exploitation of children under 12 years of age, with one victim as young as two years old. Evidence also revealed that Cerda shared images within a group chat. Law enforcement officers arrested Cerda, who was home at the time.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of FBI, Miami Field Office, and Sheriff Gregory Tony of the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith.

FBI Miami and BSO investigated the case with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Ajay J. Alexander prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), PSC marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 23-cr-60115.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated March 6, 2024

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