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Child Exploitation
03/06/2013

Central Florida man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography

TAMPA, Fla. — A Central Florida man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to court documents, Preston D. Wilbur, 46, of Davenport, sent numerous images and videos depicting child pornography to undercover law enforcement officers via the Internet. While executing a search warrant at Wilbur's residence, officers seized numerous computers, hard drives and USB flash drives containing child pornography. A forensic examination of the seized property revealed more than 300,000 images and 8,389 videos of child pornography.

Wilbur pleaded guilty Nov. 14.

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 1-866-347-2423 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, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.