A Florida man who used an infant and a toddler to produce child pornography will serve 60 years in federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Andrew Leslie, 23, a former software engineer, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Davis in October. In addition to prison time, which would make him 83 at release if he serves his full sentence, he will then undergo a lifetime of supervised release.
“Andrew Leslie committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims, children so young that they literally cannot speak for themselves,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan said in the Justice Department’s news release. “Our prosecutors and law enforcement partners are committed to identifying and prosecuting offenders like Andrew Leslie and securing sentences like today’s, which ensures that he will never harm another child.”
U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida and U.S. Special Agent James Spero of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa joined Cronan in Thursday’s announcement.
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According to the U.S. State Attorney’s Office, Leslie told law enforcement agents who went into his Middleburg home near Jacksonville that he was in bed with a 2-year-old child when they walked into the house. The agents removed the child.
Agents found a digital camera that had a series of images on its memory card depicting Leslie sexually abusing an infant and the same child they found inside his home. Agents seized a number of other digital devices from the residence that showed Leslie used them to produce, receive, distribute and store videos depicting child pornography, the department said.
“Yesterday’s sentence demonstrates the severity of the crimes committed in this case,” said Lopez.
“This predator has committed atrocities that are beyond comprehension,” added Spero. “We hope yesterday’s sentencing can bring some solace to the victims in their recovery process.”
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.