R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that on April 24, 2007, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging defendant, Michael Postma, of Plantation, with four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Postma is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court within the next week.
If convicted, Postma faces a minimum statutory sentence of five (5) years’ and a maximum of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment on the four distribution counts. Postma faces a maximum statutory sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment on the possession count.
Postma was arrested on March 26, 2007 as a result of a search warrant issued by a Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Postma was initially taken into state custody while federal authorities performed a forensic examination on his computer.
Postma came to the attention of local law enforcement officials as a result of sexually explicit email conversation Postma was having with someone Postma believed to be a fourteen year old boy from New Hampshire. In actuality, Postma was communicating with a detective from the Keene, New Hampshire Police Department. During the course of these sexually explicit emails, which lasted approximately three months, Postma sent child pornography to the detective on four separate occasions. Subsequent investigation established the location and identifying features of the computer being used to communicate with the undercover detective. Once it was determined the individual communicating with the undercover detective was located in Plantation, Florida, the Keene Police Department delivered the information to the Plantation Police Department, which in turn contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The ensuring investigation was coordinated between the FBI, the Plantation Police Department, and the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.
Upon the execution of a search warrant, law enforcement officials seized the computers in Postma’s residence. A forensic examination on the computers confirmed that Postma was the individual communicating with the undercover detective. Further examination revealed the presence of nearly 100,000 images of child pornography on Postma’s computer hard drive.
U.S. Attorney Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Keene (NH) Police Department, and Plantation Police Department. U.S. Attorney Acosta also thanked Michael J. Satz, Broward County State Attorney, for his office’s cooperation and assistance. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown.
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