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01 Jun 2016

Former Port St. Lucie police officer gets life sentence for child porn

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A married police officer with three children who previously served with the Port St. Lucie Police Department has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of possession and distribution of child pornography along with coercion and enticement of a minor. Pursuant to the execution of a search warrant, hundreds of images and videos of children sexually assaulted and raped by adults were found in the man’s home. At the defendant’s sentencing hearing, an agent from the Department of Homeland Security showed the presiding judge various images and a video of a man engaged in sexual activity with a child under six years of age.

Fort Pierce federal lawyerBefore starting his job in Port St. Lucie, the former officer had been employed with the Fort Pierce Police Department where he was named Officer of the Year in 2011. He reportedly left his job in Fort Pierce when it was discovered that he had been viewing and posting child pornography online while in his patrol car. Court documents revealed that in parts of July and August of 2015, the former officer posted numerous images and videos to a popular chat room for a website. Those images were found on the man’s phone sometime later. His prosecution was based on Operation Predator which is a federal initiative to protect children from sexual predators in both the physical world and cyberspace.

Child pornography charges can be filed in either state or federal courts. Jeffrey Garland is a Fort Pierce federal lawyer who is also admitted to practice in Florida’s state courts. He’s a board certified criminal trial lawyer who provides effective and aggressive defense in pornography cases of all types, He’s an excellent choice for the representation of anybody charged in any criminal case. When you’re working with Jeffrey Garland, you can count on his skill, experience and guidance throughout the criminal defense process.

By hiring Jeffrey Garland, you’ll receive nothing less than excellent representation. He’ll make a full assessment of your charges and any evidence against you and then determine what defenses are available to you. If it looks like you’re going to be arrested or you’ve been placed under arrest, protect your rights, reputation and freedom by contacting Jeffrey Garland at 772-489-2200. You can be confident that you’ll receive the finest representation available.

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