BRIEF: Man gets 45 years in child porn case [Jackson County Floridan, Marianna, Fla.]
(Jackson County Floridan (Marianna, FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 23--Sneads resident Donyel James Fitts was sentenced Wednesday to serve 45 years in prison on three counts of producing child pornography. Fitts pleaded guilty to the charges on May 29.
U.S. Department of Justice officials say that Fitts persuaded and coerced a four-year-old child to engage in sexually explicit conduct so that he could photograph and videotape the behavior. According to a press release, these events took place in June and October of 2012.
He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years on each of the three counts. U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak ruled that they would be served consecutively and that after serving his time, Fitts would on supervised probation for the rest of his life.
The victim's mother had called authorities when she found troubling images on a digital camera hidden in Fitts' residence on Gone Goose Lane a few miles north of Sneads, according to authorities involved in the case.
The matter was subsequently investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Homeland Security Investigations division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was brought to court as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative of the Department of Justice.
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