2 September – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jesús Torres, Special Agent in Charge, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw announced today the sentencing of defendant, Michael Kelly Johnson, for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute child pornography over the internet.
Today, United States District Judge James I. Cohn sentenced Johnson to 136 months’ imprisonment for his role in the conspiracy and his possession of those images of child pornography. After Johnson completes his term of imprisonment, he will serve three (3) years of supervised release. Johnson was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, a $200 special assessment and was ordered to forfeit the computer equipment used in the commission of the offenses. As well, as a special condition of his supervised release, Johnson is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with children, and must register and obtain sex offender treatment.
On June 16, 2005, Kelly Johnson pled guilty to two counts of an Indictment. Count 1 charged that, during the period of December 11, 2004 through April 20, 2005, Johnson conspired with other members of an America OnLine chat group to mail and transport child pornography via the Internet, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(b)(1). Count 7 charged that, on April 20, 2005, Johnson possessed computer files containing images of child pornography that were mailed and transported in interstate commerce via the Internet, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2252A(b)(2). As part of the plea agreement, the United States agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against Johnson. Those charges related to specific instances of transmission of child pornography by Johnson, and are encompassed within the conspiracy charged in Count 1.
Johnson, a former resident of Palm Beach County who moved to Broward County during the term of the conspiracy, was one of approximately eighty (80) America OnLine customers identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Innocent Images National Response Team as being involved in the on-line trading of pornographic images involving pre-pubescent boys. Johnson used the screen-name “XXMKJRMJXX” during his on-line trading chats.
A subsequent court-authorized search of Johnson’s apartment resulted in the seizure of Johnson’s computer and several CD-ROMs, which were analyzed by the Computer Crimes Unit of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Hundreds of images of child pornography were discovered along with dozens of on-line sexual chats between Johnson and minor males.
Mr. Acosta commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for their coordinated efforts in the eradication of child pornography and the protection of children of the Southern District of Florida.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .