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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Former City Of Miami Firefighter Sentenced To 327 Months In Prison On Child Pornography Charges

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce that Alexander Rousseau, 31, of Miami, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore to 327 months in prison. Rousseau was convicted by a jury of five counts of receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2), and one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B).

Beginning at least as early as 2010, Rousseau, a City of Miami Firefighter, downloaded, viewed, and shared videos of child pornography over peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Rousseau would download the videos on his personal computer while he was on duty at various City of Miami Fire Stations. When he was arrested in April of 2014, Rousseau had approximately 120 child pornography videos on his computer, many of which were more than five minutes in length.

After his release from incarceration, Rousseau will remain on supervised release for the rest of his life. He will also be required to attend counseling and will be included on sexual offender registries in Florida and nationwide.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the City of Miami Police Department and the City of Miami Fire Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ben Widlanski and Vanessa Johannes.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 12, 2015