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Port St. Lucie Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

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

MIAMI – Nicholas James Sorgenfrey, 38, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., who previously had been convicted of a sex offense, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for possessing child sexual abuse material on his cell phone and cloud storage account.

According to the affidavit, Sorgenfrey uploaded child sexual abuse material to his cell phone service provider’s cloud storage system. A review of this content revealed material of prepubescent minors. After a search of his residence, Sorgenfrey admitted to using social media apps to obtain sexually explicit images and videos. A search of his phone revealed several videos depicting sexually explicit conduct of children, including preteen children.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Markenzy Lapointe and acting Special Agent in Charge Maged Behnam, FBI Miami, announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon who sits in Ft. Pierce, Fla.

FBI and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hudock prosecuted 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, PSC 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 PSC’s initiative and information regarding internet safety, 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 on


Public Affairs Unit
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

Updated April 19, 2023

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