Published: Jan 31, 2014 3:05 PM EST
Updated: Jan 31, 2014 4:01 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Charges have officially been filed against a 48-year-old Fort Myers man accused of having more than 7,000 images of child pornography on a hard drive.

If convicted, Kevin Kaszynski faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the criminal complaint, from April 2009 through June 2012, Kaszynski collected child pornography. While going through boxes that had been stored in a leased storage unit, Kaszynski's wife reportedly found a computer hard drive, among other items, belonging to her husband. On August 27, 2013, Kaszynski's wife accessed the hard drive and opened a file which depicted a prepubescent girl in a sexual pose.  The hard drive was turned over to law enforcement for further investigation. On September 5, 2013, agents obtained a search warrant for the external hard drive. A forensic analysis of the external drive revealed more than 7,000 images and more than 400 videos depicting child pornography.

This 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 (CEOS), 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.