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Date: 04-04-2024

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United States of America v. Codey Allen Bates

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Court: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Miami

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Miami, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with production of child pornography of infant child.

Man sentenced to 27 years in prison for production of child pornography of infant child

A man was sentenced to 324 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for life, for producing child pornography of an infant child after pleading guilty in November 2023.

In 2023, while the United Kingdom authorities were examining offenders’ electronic devices, discovered a video showing Codey Allen Bates, 30, of Vero Beach, Florida, and an infant child. Law enforcement officers were able to identify Bates from the video. In the video, Bates, then living in Palm Beach County, while live streaming with an unknown person on a social networking application, produced child pornography of the child. The unknown person communicating with Bates recorded the production which was later located by law enforcement.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg.

HSI West Palm Beach and HSI Fort Pierce investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Schiller prosecuted it.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), 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 the Project Safe Childhood initiative and for information regarding Internet safety, please visit

To report online child sexual exploitation, use the electronic Cyber Tip Line or call 1-800-843-5678. The Cyber Tip Line is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in partnership with the HSI and other law enforcement agencies.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 324 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for life.

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