Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Adam Daniel Young (27, Sarasota) with one count of receiving and two counts of possessing child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each count.
According to the court filings, Young possessed more than 3,000 images and 25 videos of child pornography, including files depicting children under the age 12. Forensic evidence on his computer revealed that he had received and attempted to receive child pornography through an online file sharing program.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which is comprised of local law enforcement agencies, including the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Bradenton Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.
It is another case 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 www.justice.gov/psc.