Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge John L. Badalamenti has sentenced Jeffrey Alan Dinkel (73, Fort Myers) to six years and six months in federal prison for possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Dinkel had pleaded guilty on May 20, 2019.
According to court documents, Dinkel had purchased a membership to several child pornography websites. During the execution of a search warrant at his residence, agents recovered his computer and floppy disks containing images and videos depicting children being sexually abused. Dinkel admitted to the agents that he had joined numerous websites that hosted images and videos of children being forced to perform sexual acts.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.
This is another case 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.justice.gov/psc.