JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) –Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Robert Arthur Ginder (35, Callahan) to seven years and six months in federal prison for receiving images of child sexual abuse. The court also ordered Ginder to serve a 10-year release and register as a sex offender.
Ginder pleaded guilty on April 22, 2021.
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According to court documents, an investigation was launched by law enforcement agents after gaining access to an online cloud platform and a group chat where users actively distributed pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse. The agents observed that when any user joined the group chat, different members of the group would share many picture and video files depicting the exploitation of children.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) identified Ginder’s residence as the source of the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses used by this particular account on the cloud platform and further determined that Ginder worked for Nassau County Fire Rescue as a logistics officer.
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On October 20, 2020, HSI agents executed a federal search warrant at Ginder’s residence, and authorities arrested Ginder later that day. Ginder admitted to having received a link to the cloud platform and participated in the group chat for the online cloud platform, which contained material for child exploitation. He also admitted to having seen and shared material for the exploitation of children using the cloud platform. Ginder acknowledged that he had received an image depicting the sexual abuse of a child from this cloud platform over the Internet.
A subsequent search and forensic review of Ginder’s electronic devices revealed that Ginder’s cell phone contained thousands of pictures and videos depicting sexual abuse of young children.
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“The sexual exploitation of children has no place in our community,” said HSI Jacksonville Assistant Special Agent in Charge K. Jim Phillips. “HSI Special Agents and our partners at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will continue to prosecute anyone involved in the production, distribution, or possession of child pornography, or who in any way targets children in our community.”
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