ORLANDO, FL - September 30, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Harley Robert Katzaman (29, Palm Bay) to eight years and six months in federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit a laptop computer that had been used to commit the offenses. Katzaman pleaded guilty on April 29, 2015.
According to court documents, in November 2014, an FBI Task Force agent in Brevard County began an undercover operation to identify persons using peer-to-peer file sharing software to distribute images of child pornography on the Internet. The agent identified a residence in Palm Bay where a computer was downloading child pornography. During the execution of a search warrant at that residence, one of the occupants told agents that he had given his Wi-Fi password to his neighbor, later identified as Katzaman. Agents confronted Katzaman, who confessed that he had recently been accessing his neighbor’s Wi-Fi and for several years had been using a file-sharing program to search for and download child pornography. A forensic examination of his laptop revealed 22 movie files containing child pornography that had been downloaded over a two-year period.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force in Brevard County. It was being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.
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.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
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