A former Miami firefighter convicted of downloading videos of child pornography at his station has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
In July, Alexander Rousseau, 31, denied on the witness stand that he was responsible for downloading the videos of young girls engaged in sexual acts, but the Miami federal jury did not believe him.
Rousseau, who joined Miami Fire Rescue in 2007, was given a harsh sentence Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Michael Moore because of the numerous videos found on his laptop computer of prepubescent girls engaged in explicit sexual activity. The judge also concluded that Rousseau obstructed justice because he lied during his testimony, which increased the sentence.
He was arrested in April while on duty at Miami fire station No.6, at Northwest 36th Street and Seventh Avenue, where he was assigned. He was convicted of six counts of receiving and possessing the videos on his laptop at the fire station.
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Rousseau’s type of cybercrime has become increasingly common, with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies teaming up to find child-porn offenders through surveillance, chat rooms and sting operations.
Perhaps the most notorious offender in recent memory was South Florida’s past special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Anthony Mangione, whose career, ironically, was built in part on investigating Internet crimes against children.