During this past fiscal year, federal prosecutors brought a record number of child exploitation charges against defendants in the Middle District of Florida, which includes Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, and Fort Myers. Most of these cases did not involve allegations of direct sexual contact with a minor; rather, most cases involved charges of possessing, receiving or distributing child pornography by use of a computer.
Through an ongoing Justice Department initiative, federal prosecutors brought 127 child exploitation cases in the Middle District last year. The year before that, 104 cases were prosecuted. The year before that, there were 82 federal child exploitation cases. The numbers suggest a trend: federal and local authorities plan to continue their crackdown on child pornography in Florida. The crackdown appears to be targeting those who view child pornography and less effort is being put on finding those who sexually abuse children and make the child pornography.