Description: Miami, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with receipt and distribution of child sexual abuse materials.
In March 2022, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents learned that an individual, later identified as James Anthony Howe, age 33, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, had been using social media applications and chatrooms to trade CSAM with other users. Some of the images and videos traded by Howe depicted sexual abuse activities of children as young as toddlers. HSI agents also learned that Howe claimed he had installed a hidden camera in a minor child’s bedroom. HSI agents identified Howe as the person involved and executed a federal search warrant at his home. Howe later admitted to using social media platforms to send and receive CSAM.
U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office, announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez.
HSI Fort Pierce Office investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Luisa Berti and Justin Hoover prosecuted it.
18:2252(a)(2) and (b)(1) - ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORN
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release.