Miami Resident Guilty of Receiving Child Pornography
A Miami resident pled guilty to receiving child pornography.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Juan Perez, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), made the announcement.
On April 4, 2016, Kelly Lee Fisher, of Miami, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2) and (b)(1). Fisher is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23, 2016 before United States Chief District Judge K. Michael Moore.
According to court documents, on February 16, 2016, law enforcement searched Fisher’s residence, pursuant to a federal warrant. During a search of Fisher’s bedroom, law enforcement found several electronic devices, a disconnected desk cable and an air conditioning vent with missing and partially removed screws. Law enforcement discovered that a Toshiba Satellite laptop had been secreted in the air conditioning vent. A preliminary forensic review of the laptop revealed hundreds of images of child pornography and child erotica.
A subsequent forensic analysis of the laptop revealed that the computer contained 20 videos and 3,903 picture files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Several of the children depicted in these videos and pictures are under twelve years of age. The forensic analysis further revealed that Fisher used GrabIt, a newsgroup client, to search for child pornography newsgroups. On February 11, 2016, Fisher received at least 11 movies containing child pornography through GrabIt.
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.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and MDPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua S. Rothstein.