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Child Exploitation

Former Jacksonville Navy sailor sentenced to 6 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Navy sailor was sentenced to six years in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release on a federal child pornography charge following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the former Child Predator Cybercrime Unit of the Florida Attorney General's Office and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

On Oct. 14, Demetrius Richardo Galloway, 28, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to receiving videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. Galloway was enlisted in the U.S. Navy prior to his arrest in this case. After his guilty plea, Galloway was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to court documents, a detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office searched the Internet in an undercover capacity in an attempt to identify individuals sharing images and videos containing child pornography. During the investigation, the detective identified a host computer using a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address that was used to download 20 files depicting child pornography. Documents from the Internet service provider revealed that the IP address was located in Galloway's residence in Jacksonville.

On Oct. 18, 2010, a search warrant was executed at the residence where Galloway was present and interviewed. Galloway advised that he used a file sharing program to download music, adult pornography and child pornography from the Internet. Officers seized several computers and other electronic media from the residence. Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that Galloway's computer media contained a total of 97 videos depicting child pornography, including videos of very young children being sexually assaulted.

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 its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.