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Child Exploitation
04/23/2010

South Florida registered sex offender sentenced to 30 years

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - An already registered sex offender, Gordon Troy White, 46, of West Palm Beach, was sentenced Friday in Fort Pierce by U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham to 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for transportation of child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

On Nov. 19, 2009, ICE special agents in Fort Pierce conducted an Internet investigation into the trafficking of child pornography via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. During this investigation, an ICE special agent successfully downloaded from White child pornography images which were being offered by White via this file sharing program.

On Dec. 7, 2009, ICE special agents executed a federal search warrant with the assistance of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office at White's West Palm Beach, Fla., residence. ICE agents located additional amounts of child pornography on White's computer and arrested him without incident.

On Jan. 22, 2010, White pleaded guilty to the transportation of child pornography charge.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Rinku Tribuiani.