United States Chief District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Robert Arthur Ginder to seven years and six months in federal prison for sharing images of child sexual abuse in an online chat room.
The 35-year-old former Nassau County Fire Department logistics officer who pleaded guilty in April will also be serving a 10-year sentence of supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender upon release.
According to court documents, the investigation was opened by law enforcement officers after gaining access to an online cloud platform and a discussion group where users actively posted images and videos illustrating child sexual abuse. Officers also observed how group members shared numerous images and video files depicting the exploitation of children.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has identified Ginder’s residence as the source of the IP addresses.
On October 20, HSI agents executed a federal search warrant at Ginder’s home, court documents show. Ginder was arrested later that day. He admitted to having received a link to the cloud platform with material exploiting children, participating in the group chat and sharing the material.
A subsequent forensic search and examination of Ginder’s electronics revealed that Ginder’s cell phone contained thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of young children.
âThe sexual exploitation of children has no place in our communities,â said Deputy Special Agent in charge of HSI Jacksonville, K. Jim Phillips. âHSI Special Agents and our partners in the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will continue to prosecute anyone involved in the production, distribution or possession of child pornography, or who targets children in our communities in any way. . “
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