Fort Myers, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Edwin Carroll Snyder (39, Fort Myers) was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.
According to court documents, in March 2012, Snyder distributed twenty-five files of child pornography from his computer through the use of a peer-to-peer file sharing program. Snyder distributed these files to an undercover detective with the New Zealand Police. In April 2012, a search warrant was executed at Snyder's residence in Fort Myers, Florida, during which he was found to possess in excess of 1500 images and 80 videos of child pornography. Snyder admitted to law enforcement agents that he had been seeking and downloading images and videos of child pornography for approximately five years.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Innocent Images Task Force, with participation from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Cape Coral Police Department, and Clewiston Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.
It is another case was 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.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."