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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Former Florida Atlantic University Student Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

Miami, Florida – Shawn Anthony Jackson Outler, 23, has pled guilty in Ft. Pierce federal court to producing child pornography.

According to court records, Outler formed online relationships with children as young as 12 through social media.  After befriending the minors, he would entice them to create sexually explicit videos.  He also directed them to engage in sexually explicit activity by video conferencing.  Outler directed one 14-year-old victim to masturbate during one such conference.  He took and saved screenshots of the activity. 

At sentencing, Outler faces between 15 and 30 years in prison and up to a lifetime of supervised release.  Sentencing is set for December 16, 2022, at 10:10 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert M. DeWitt, FBI Miami made the announcement.

FBI Miami investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorney Diana Acosta is prosecuting it.

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.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 22-cr-14018.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Public Affairs Unit U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida USAFLS.News@usdoj.gov
Updated September 15, 2022