Child Pornographers Busted

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  1. Lilibet

    Lilibet Watching & Waiting

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    Thanks for your answer! :)
     
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    Former Hillsborough Community College Professor Pleads Guilty To Possession And Distribution Of Child Pornography
    Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Middle District of Florida
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, March 29, 2019

    Former Hillsborough Community College Professor Pleads Guilty To Possession And Distribution Of Child Pornography
    Tampa, Florida – Howard Joseph Vorder Bruegge, III (36, Tampa) pleaded guilty today to possessing and distributing child pornography. Vorder Bruegge, a former mathematics professor at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), faces a minimum mandatory penalty of five years, and up to 40 years, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

    According to the plea agreement, Vorder Bruegge, using the internet monikers “JoeBlow73” and “JoeBlowFL,” distributed child pornography on multiple occasions. He also collected child pornography on his cellphone, including sex-abuse videos of babies and toddlers.

    Vorder Bruegge also used his phone to film and publically share voyeur videos on the internet. He employed peepholes in bathrooms on the HCC campus to film college students while they were in restroom stalls. He then distributed those videos on websites that host voyeur content. Vorder Bruegge’s phone contained at least four videos capturing adult males through peepholes in public HCC restrooms.

    This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.

    This 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 the 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.
     
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    I am grateful for defense lawyers & the like. As a former professional in home child care provider & nanny, I used to worry about false allegations of abuse. Often when a child is abused, they will accuse someone else of the abuse. Someone they trust. Thankfully, I was never accused of anything. But it happens. People are wrongfully accused & convicted all the time.

    Whenever I overhear someone speak poorly of defense attorneys, I ask them who they would turn to if they were falsely accused of a crime? And how important would that person then become in their life?
     
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  4. Laughing

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    I appreciate the conviction notices, but this is another thread that needs a "Barf" button next to "Like!"

    Thanks, LarryLevine for your updates on the (seemingly slow) wheels of Justice!
     
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    Decorated St. Petersburg officer faces child porn charges
    September 19, 2019
    ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was arrested Thursday by Department of Homeland Security agents who said they discovered child pornography on his computer.

    Officer Matthew Enhoffer, 33, is also accused of distributing pornographic images via text message, according to federal court records.
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    Decorated St. Pete police officer faces child pornography charges

    Updated: Sep 20, 2019 / 05:32 AM EDT
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A decorated St. Pete police officer is facing child pornography charges.

    Officer Matthew Enhoffer, ‘Medal of Valor’ winner, was arrested Thursday.
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    Decorated St. Pete Officer Charged With Child Porn
    UPDATED 7:14 AM ET Sep. 20, 2019
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    Matthew Enhoffer, 33, has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

    U.S. Homeland Security was involved in the investigation, according to Chief Anthony Holloway, who was emotional in describing the charges Thursday.

    Enhoffer is accused of trading child porn pictures involving victims as young as 4 years old. Authorities said pornographic images were found on his computer and phone.

    Four years ago, Enhoffer was heralded for saving a man's life in St. Petersurg. This week, he walked out of a federal courthouse wearing an ankle monitor and was ordered not to use the internet or his cell phone.
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    St. Pete police officer facing federal child pornography charges
    Updated: 5:26 AM, Sep 20, 2019
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    Homeland Security Investigations raided Enhoffer's home on September 11 and seized a laptop. They found multiple child pornography images on the laptop with the username, "thehoff727," according to federal court documents.

    Enhoffer is charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to federal court documents.
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    Official information re: Matthew Enhoffer

    CRIMINAL COMPLAINT

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/press-release/file/1203961/download

    Police Officer Arrested And Charged With Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography
    Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Middle District of Florida
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, September 20, 2019
    Police Officer Arrested And Charged With Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography
    Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Matthew Enhoffer (34, St. Petersburg) has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with distribution and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Enhoffer faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison. Federal agents arrested Enhoffer, a police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department, yesterday without incident.

    Police officer arrested for child pornography charges
    09/20/2019

    TAMPA – A St. Petersburg Police Department officer was arrested Thursday and charged by federal criminal complaint with distribution and possession of child pornography. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    According to the complaint, an individual using the screen name “thehoff727” distributed child pornography on Snapchat, a mobile web-based communications application. Further investigation revealed that the Internet Protocol (IP) address and subscriber information associated with that account was linked to the residence of Matthew Enhoffer, 34, of St. Petersburg, a police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

    On Sept. 11, HSI special agents executed a search warrant at Enhoffer’s home and seized several electronic devices. An examination of Enhoffer’s cellphone revealed a collection of child-pornographic images and videos, including multiple images and videos involving children under the age of 12 in bondage, being raped, and forced to perform sex acts.

    The case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Middle District Florida Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell. A copy of the criminal complaint is available at justice.gov.

    If convicted, Enhoffer faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison.
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    LotsaLatte Well-Known Member

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    Good Lord.....It just never stops. I wish every parent would read this thread. I try to tell other parents "uhhh, maybe you shouldn't let your son/daughter stay the night at so and so's house until you know the parent(s) really well (or never)" and I repeatedly hear "Oh they are fine!", "He's a doctor!", "They go to our church" blah blah blah. I generally end it with something like "Did you ever stop to question how many molested children are molested by strangers?" smh It makes me sick.
     
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  8. Alderson

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    Regarding Enhoffer...What baffles me is that he is still living in his home, and has a female visitor on a daily basis. He was instructed to not possess a smart phone or have any internet access, but what’s stopping her from having that access while visiting? Who monitors this aspect of things?
     
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    Former Pasco assistant principal get 35 years for child porn, sexual abuse
    November 5, 2019
    TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced a former Pasco County assistant school principal to 35 years in prison Tuesday, capping a horrifying criminal case that also ensnared a school transportation manager.

    Kyle Dale Ritsema admitted to sexually abusing and possessing pornographic images of a teenage boy. His sentence came shortly after it was revealed in court that he suffers from HIV and may have exposed others to the infection.

    “I am incredibly ashamed of my behavior and I will carry that shame as long as I live,” Ritsema said. He wept as he listened to the testimony of his family members, and later tried to explain that his actions arose from a desire for acceptance and love.

    “I don’t know completely why I did this,” he said. “I am anything but a monster.”
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    Former Pasco Assistant Principal Gets 35 Years on Child Porn Charges
    UPDATED 2:21 PM ET Nov. 05, 2019
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    Kyle Ritsema, 36, pleaded guilty to the charges on December 21, 2018.

    Court documents show Ritsema enticed a 14-year-old child on the app "Grindr" and had sex with the child on at least five occasions. He also produced pornographic images of the teen, which he shared with other people, including another Pasco County school employee.

    A following investigtion revealed that Ritsema targeted other minors, including former students, and enticed them for sex, even sexually abusing them.

    During the investigation, authorities also found that Ritsema is HIV positive and had not disclosed his status.

    Before becoming the assistant principal at Cypress Creek Middle High School in March 2017, he was the assistant principal at Pine View Middle School, starting in July 2015, and had worked at a number of schools prior to that since 2006.
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    Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer
    Jury Trial is continued to the January 2020 TRIAL TERM, which commences January 6, 2020, with a more precise trial date to follow.
    Public Access to Court Electronic Records

    U.S. District Court
    Middle District of Florida (Tampa)
    CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 8:19-cr-00490-MSS-CPT All Defendants


    Case title: USA v. Enhoffer
    Magistrate judge case number: 8:19-mj-02227-TGW

    Date Filed: 10/16/2019


    Defendant (1)
    Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer

    Date Filed # Docket Text
    09/17/2019 1 COMPLAINT as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (1). (DMS) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/19/2019)
    09/19/2019 Arrest of Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer on 9/19/2019. (DMS) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/19/2019)
    09/19/2019 3 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Frank W. McDermott appearing for Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer Limited Appearance (McDermott, Frank) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/19/2019)
    09/19/2019 8 Oral MOTION for Bond by Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer. (DMS) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/24/2019)
    09/19/2019 9 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson: Initial Appearance as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer held on 9/19/2019; granting 8 oral motion for bond. (DIGITAL) (Interpreter/Language: N/A) (DMS) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/24/2019)
    09/20/2019 4 ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (1) SURETY BOND. Signed by Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson on 9/19/2019. (BSN) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/23/2019)
    09/20/2019 5 SURETY BOND entered as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer in amount of $ 100,000.00. (BSN) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/23/2019)
    09/20/2019 6 AGREEMENT to forfeit property by Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer. (BSN) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/23/2019)
    09/20/2019 7 ARREST Warrant Returned Executed on 9/19/19 as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer. (BSN) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/23/2019)
    09/27/2019 11 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Frank W. McDermott appearing for Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer as Lead Counsel (McDermott, Frank) [8:19-mj-02227-TGW] (Entered: 09/27/2019)
    10/16/2019 12 INDICTMENT returned in open court as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (1) count(s) 1-3. (CTR) (Entered: 10/17/2019)
    10/17/2019 13 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer: Arraignment set for 10/31/2019 at 9:00 AM in Tampa Courtroom 12 B before Magistrate Judge Christopher P. Tuite. NOTE: Defendant and counsel are NOT required to appear provided the appropriate waiver of appearance and entry of plea of not guilty are filed on or before 10/25/19. (LYB) (Entered: 10/17/2019)
    10/17/2019 14 WAIVER of Personal Appearance at Arraignment and Entry of Plea of Not Guilty by Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (McDermott, Frank) (Entered: 10/17/2019)
    10/17/2019 15 NOTICE Plea of Not Guilty by Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer re 14 Waiver of Presence at Arraignment. (McDermott, Frank) (Entered: 10/17/2019)
    10/17/2019 16 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Frank W. McDermott appearing for Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (McDermott, Frank) (Entered: 10/17/2019)
    10/21/2019 17 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE James A. Muench appearing for USA. (Muench, James) (Entered: 10/21/2019)
    10/21/2019 18 WAIVER OF DEFENDANT'S PRESENCE AT ARRAIGNMENT, ENTRY OF NOT GUILTY PLEA AND NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Frank W. McDermott appearing for Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (McDermott, Frank) Modified text on 10/21/2019 (JNB). (Entered: 10/21/2019)
    10/21/2019 19 ENDORSED ACCEPTANCE OF WAIVER of defendant's presence at arraignment as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer. Signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher P. Tuite on 10/21/2019. (LYB) (Entered: 10/21/2019)
    10/21/2019 20 NOTICE canceling Arraignment hearing scheduled for 10/31/19 as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (LYB) (Entered: 10/21/2019)
    10/21/2019 21 PRETRIAL discovery order and notice as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer: Jury Trial set for trial term commencing 12/2/2019 before Judge Mary S. Scriven. Status Report due by 11/15/2019. Signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher P. Tuite on 10/21/2019. (LYB) (Entered: 10/21/2019)
    11/08/2019 22 WAIVER of speedy trial through February 28, 2020 by Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (McDermott, Frank) (Entered: 11/08/2019)
    11/12/2019 23 STATUS REPORT Joint by USA as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (Thelwell, Lisa) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
    11/13/2019 24 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Nicholas John Fiorentino appearing for Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer as Co-Counsel to Lead Counsel, Frank W. McDermott, Esquire (Fiorentino, Nicholas) (Entered: 11/13/2019)
    11/14/2019 25 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Debra J. Gell appearing for Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer As Co-Counsel to Lead Counsel, FRANK W. MCDERMOTT (Gell, Debra) (Entered: 11/14/2019)
    11/22/2019 26 First MOTION to continue trial term by Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer. (McDermott, Frank) (Entered: 11/22/2019)
    11/27/2019 27 ORDER granting 26 Motion to continue trial as to Matthew William Joseph Enhoffer (1) Jury Trial is continued to the January 2020 TRIAL TERM, which commences January 6, 2020, with a more precise trial date to follow. The parties shall file a Joint Status Report on or before the fifteenth (15th) day of each month. Signed by Judge Mary S. Scriven on 11/27/2019. (MR) (Entered: 11/27/2019)
     
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    Ex-St. Pete cop to plead guilty to child porn charges
    January 16, 2020
    TAMPA — A former St. Petersburg police officer will plead guilty to two child pornography charges, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court.

    Matthew Enhoffer and federal prosecutors struck a plea agreement that calls for the ex-officer to plead guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

    Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The distribution charge also carries a mandatory minimum of five years.

    It will be left to a federal judge to sentence Enhoffer, 34. But his attorneys can argue for leniency. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 4 to plead guilty to the charges.

    Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second count of distribution of child pornography, according to the plea agreement filed in the Middle District of Florida.
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    Ex-St. Petersburg police officer pleads guilty to child porn
    Updated: 3:48 PM EST February 11, 2020
    TAMPA, Fla. — A former St. Petersburg police officer accused of possessing child porn could spend at least several years behind bars.
    Matthew Enhoffer, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of distribution and possession of child pornography, according to the Department of Justice. They carry a minimum penalty of five years in federal prison, with a maximum of 20 years.
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    Former St. Petersburg Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography

    Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Middle District of Florida
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Former St. Petersburg Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography
    Tampa, Florida – Matthew Enhoffer (34, St. Petersburg) today pleaded guilty to distribution and possession of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison.

    According to court documents, agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an individual had distributed child pornography on a web-based social media application. The investigation led agents to Enhoffer’s residence.

    On September 11, 2019, HSI agents executed a search warrant at Enhoffer’s home and seized several electronic devices. An examination of Enhoffer’s devices revealed that he possessed approximately 391 images and 7 videos depicting child pornography, and 293 images of child erotica. The images and videos depicted young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. A forensic analysis of Enhoffer’s laptop also revealed that he had distributed child sex abuse material to another individual via the internet in June and July 2018.
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    I just want to point out that I believe a punishment of 5 years may have been a little excessive for this crime.

    consider:
    1. The boy was 17, one year away from consent
    2. Actual physical interaction did not happen
    3. The boy willingly did this on his own, there was no force, coercion, or deceit
    4. The "victim" was the one who did the sex acts and sent the video

    There have been persons who committed (real) rape and have been sentenced to less time in several European countries. (Not that that is any excuse, but just something to note and point out here, for the sake of comparison)
     
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    https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/press-release/file/1203961/download
    Case 8:19-mj-02227-TGW Document 1 Filed 09/17/19
    CRIMINAL COMPLAINT

    Former St. Pete cop gets 8 years for child porn

    October 21, 2020

    Former St. Pete cop gets 8 years for child porn
    TAMPA — A former St. Petersburg police officer who collected and shared sexual pictures and videos of children should serve eight years in prison, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

    Matthew Enhoffer, who resigned from the St. Petersburg Police Department last year as federal agents searched his computers, must also serve 10 years of supervision after his release, U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven ruled.

    He will also be barred from using computers without permission from a probation officer, cannot have contact with children, must undergo mental health treatment and must register as a sex offender for life.

    Enhoffer, 35, pleaded guilty in February to possession and distribution of child pornography.

    He said little in court Wednesday. But in a 12-page handwritten letter to the judge, he wrote of an addiction to pornography. He said he had struggled to understand the root cause. Although he was aware of his problems, he said he did not know where to turn for help.
    [...]
    A forensic psychologist diagnosed Enhoffer with a pedophilia disorder, but noted there is no indication that Enhoffer harmed any children. A report also noted that Enhoffer would be amenable to treatment and carries heavy guilt.
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