A 49-year-old recently entered his plea in his sex crimes case. The Florida man was accused of manufacturing, possessing and distributing pornographic images of children. He admitted that he committed the crimes of which his is accused, and he pleaded guilty to these federal-level offenses.
The criminal investigation began around a year ago when Homeland Security was attempting to track down a young boy who appeared in several pornographic images online. The investigation apparently documented that the images were taken between 2001 and 2002 in the suspect’s backyard. The boy had also reportedly been a family friend’s child.
The man ultimately admitted to taking the photographs of the boy as well as photographs of other children over a span of about a decade. He is reportedly remorseful for his actions, and he hopes that this process will help to heal those he harmed. In exchange for his cooperation and guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to recommend a sentence of 10 years in federal prison, with 10 years of supervised release thereafter. He is expected to be sentenced on May 9.
Plea bargains come in many forms. While some cases get what seems like a significant concession from prosecutors that attracts media attention, others — like this one — only get the promise that the prosecution will recommend a specific sentence. The ultimate sentencing decision belongs to the federal judge in Florida, based upon federal sentencing guidelines. Hopefully, the man’s remorseful attitude and cooperation in his criminal defense will ultimately help to work in his benefit at the time of his sentencing for these federal-level offenses.
Source: The Sun Sentinel, Weston man pleads guilty to child porn charges, Paula McMahon, Feb. 24, 2014