TAMPA -– U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich has sentenced Stacy Lynn Ivey, 38, Bradenton, to 12 years and seven months in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.
The court also ordered him to forfeit electronic media where the images and videos of child pornography had been found. Ivey pleaded guilty March 4.
According to court documents, an FBI Task Force Agent determined July 25, 2014, someone using a computer with a specific Internet Protocol address was sharing suspected child pornography through a peer-to-peer file sharing program.
Investigation revealed the computer was at a residence in Bradenton. Agents subsequently executed a federal search warrant at what proved to be Ivey’s friend’s house.
The friend ultimately led the agents to Ivey’s home, where they found computers and other storage devices. In addition, a child pornography video file was paused on his laptop. During an interview with agents, Ivey admitted he had downloaded child pornography, and he had moved child pornography from his laptop computer to CDs due to storage issues.
A forensic examination of the computers and storage devices revealed 175 images and more than 200 videos of child pornography. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Unit and the Bradenton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Saltzman.
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 U.S. attorneys offices and the Criminal Division 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.