Palm Beach County Paralegal Arrested for Child Pornography

According to the article, “This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide Department of Justice initiative to fight what prosecutors say is ‘the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse’ via the internet. The effort includes U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Justice Department’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.”

Federal prosecutors have charged a 54-year-old Boynton Beach paralegal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security’s largest federal law enforcement agency, by criminal complaint with receiving and possessing child pornography.  Federal child pornography charges carry some of the harshest sentences under the U.S. Code and Federal Sentencing Guidelines, with receipt of child pornography requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison upon conviction.

The criminal complaint alleges that the investigation began after an internet service provider sent in a tip in July 2017 about suspected images of child pornography in an email upload. Another tip came in November 2017 from a second company, identifying an account belonging to a user with “R.S.” initials and an Outlook email address.

Deputies arrested “R.S.” and are holding him without bond. Because he is charged by criminal complaint and not a federal indictment, a preliminary hearing will be held and is scheduled for June 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Read the article here: South Florida Paralegal Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Charges