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Child Exploitation

North Florida man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Arthur Brent Stanley, 62, of Waldo, Fla., was sentenced Monday to 240 months in federal prison followed by a lifetime on supervised release for the receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography, following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Jacksonville, Fla.

According to evidence, Stanley used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and distribute child pornography over the Internet.

A federal search warrant was executed by ICE HSI special agents at his business, "Crocodile Creek Signs," at the Waldo Flea Market on June 30. That search warrant found that Stanley was in possession of computers containing over 60,000 images and videos of child pornography.

"This case demonstrates that there are serious consequences for receiving illegal images of innocent children being sexually exploited and traumatized," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Tampa, whose office oversees operations in Jacksonville. "All children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of sexual exploitation. Through our partnerships with state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies, ICE will continue to police cyber space to investigate predators and ensure that they feel the full weight of the law."

A number of the images depicted children as young as infants, and involved sadistic and masochistic conduct. Stanley was living in Waldo under the alias "Stanley Yates" after having fled from California in 1982 from charges related to the sexual exploitation of a 10-year-old child.

The investigation was conducted by ICE HSI in Jacksonville, with support from the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

The 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.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. 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.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Williams.