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February 23, 2024Ocala, FL, United StatesChild Exploitation

Repeat offender pleads guilty to possession of child sexual abuse material

OCALA, Fla. — A Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Orlando investigation has led to a guilty plea for a recidivist Florida man for possessing child sexual abuse material.

Dominick Nardone, 45, of Orlando, was previously convicted of a child sexual exploitation offense. He now faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, in 2014, Nardone was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receipt of child sexual abuse material. After completing his prison sentence, Nardone began a term of court supervision. On Oct. 31, 2020, a probation officer conducted an unannounced home visit at Nardone’s residence. When questioned about his use of electronic devices, Nardone admitted that he had used a cellphone to search for child sexual abuse material in the preceding three weeks. The probation officer immediately seized Nardone’s cellphone and had the contents forensically examined. This examination revealed that Nardone had an extensive history of viewing and downloading child sexual abuse material on the cellphone.

This case was investigated by HSI Orlando and U.S. Probation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William S. Hamilton.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit justice.gov/psc.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’ largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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