☷Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 Years for Sending and Receiving Child Sexual Abuse Images and Videos Over the Internet
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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced To 25 Years For Sending And Receiving Child Sexual Abuse Images And Videos Over The Internet Orlando , Florida – U . S . District Judge Roy B . Dalton has sentenced Thomas James Harris ( 42 , Orlando ) , a registered sex offender , to 25 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child sexual abuse images and videos over the internet . Harris was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release . Harris had pleaded guilty on February 2 , 2022 . In 2005 , Harris was convicted of attempting to provide obscene material to minors , using the internet to solicit a child for sex or lewdness , promoting a sexual performance by a child , and possession of child pornography . As a result , he is registered and designated as a sexual offender . According to court documents , Harris used a particular chat application to download images and videos depicting children being sexually abused and distributed them over the internet . Harris also distributed some of these materials to an undercover FBI agent . On November 5 , 2021 , FBI agents executed a federal search warrant to seize and search Harris’s cellphone . A forensic review of the phone revealed child sex abuse images and videos on the device . During an interview , Harris admitted to receiving , viewing , and distributing child sex abuse images and videos using chat application accounts that had been previously identified on his cellphone by the FBI . Several of the videos received by Harris and found on his cellphone depicted toddler - aged children being sexually abused . This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation . It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry B . Livanos . This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood , 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 ( CEOS ) , 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 Project Safe Childhood , please visit www . justice . gov/psc .
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