Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced yesterday’s sentencing of defendant Frank Joseph Smith, of Palm Beach County, on charges of producing child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 2251(a). At today’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks sentenced Smith to 240 months in prison.
During an investigation into a website advertising escort services, the FBI and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Smith’s residence. The search resulted in the seizure of computers, phones, documents and records. In addition, law enforcement agents discovered images of child pornography that Smith had produced using his Apple iPhone.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jupiter Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lothrop Morris.
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.