According to court documents, Wilfred Reginald Breuer, 50, received child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing network. Law enforcement conducted a forensic examination of Breuer's computer that revealed 1,456 images and 343 movies involving the sexual exploitation of young children. Breuer admitted that he downloaded images and videos depicting child pornography for more than five years.
"HSI prides itself on protecting children. Child predators take note. You cannot sit behind your computer and trade images and videos of innocent children. We will find you, investigate you and ensure that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa.
In addition to his prison sentence, Breuer must also forfeit the computer he used to receive the child pornography.
He pleaded guilty Nov. 28.
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.