According to court documents, David O'Sada, 74, of Rockledge, Fla., used peer-to-peer software to possess and share images and videos depicting child pornography online. Law enforcement officers searched O'Sada's computers and found 61 videos and 984 visual depictions of sexually abused children.
"Distributing child pornography is not a victimless crime," said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. "These perpetrators trade images and videos of young innocent children. It's disgusting, and we won't tolerate it. You can't hide. We will find you, arrest you and prosecute you."
As part of his sentence, O'Sada was also required to forfeit computers and electronic media he used to store the child pornography. He must also register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
O'Sada pleaded guilty to the charges May 3.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.