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Child Exploitation
09/18/2012

Port Orange man arrested for distribution and possession of child pornography

ORLANDO, Fla. – A central Florida man was charged with distribution and possession of child pornography Tuesday, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

According to the criminal complaint, Bruce Lee Jennings, 64, of Port Orange, Fla., downloaded and shared child pornography with others using peer-to-peer file sharing software.

The three law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at Jennings' Port Orange residence Friday. At that time, HSI special agents seized Jennings' computers, and subsequently, arrested him.

If convicted, Jennings faces between five and 20 years in federal prison for each count of distribution of child pornography and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

A complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

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.