Orlando, Florida – United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Ryan Rusty Rodriguez (45, Orlando) to 18 years in federal prison for distributing, receiving, and possessing images and videos depicting children being sexually abused. Rodriguez was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release upon the completion of his prison sentence and to register as a sex offender.
A federal jury had found Rodriguez guilty on October 29, 2020.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, during an undercover online investigation, FBI agents discovered that Rodriguez was using peer-to-peer networks to download and distribute child sex abuse materials over the internet. When agents executed a search warrant at Rodriguez’s home, he attempted to hide a hard drive as the agents were knocking on his door. Rodriguez also used his training in computers and specialized software to attempt to erase the evidence of his offenses. A subsequent forensic examination of Rodriguez’s computer media revealed evidence of thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John Gardella, Shawn Napier, and Ilianys Rivera Miranda.
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.