Pinellas Park Babysitter Sentenced in Infant Pornography Case
He pleaded guilty to making pornographic pictures of his sexually abusing an infant he was babysitting, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
TAMPA – A Pinellas Park man was sentenced today (July 18) to 23 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Robert Joseph Ware, 27, of Pinellas Park pleaded guilty Dec. 20.
According to court documents, on Dec. 10, 2011, Ware produced three images of child pornography depicting him sexually abusing an infant that he had been babysitting. He sent the images via text message to an individual in New York. The investigation and prosecution of the individual in New York revealed the child pornography produced by Ware. When federal agents arrested Ware on May 9, 2017, he had 90 images of child pornography on his cellphone.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
“Only the worst depraved criminal would produce child pornography with an infant left in his care,” HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero said. “This egregious crime reminds us all to remain vigilant in the protection of our children.”
It is another case 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, 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.
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