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U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Present Child Protection Award to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) John Condon and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Walker announce that the County Sheriff’s Office of Brevard received a child protection award for his role in the investigation of more than 100 cases that resulted in successful federal prosecutions for child exploitation offenses, as part of the Project Safe initiative Childhood of the Department of Justice.

For approximately 15 years, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Homeland Security Investigations or the FBI in providing task force agents and other investigators to work on child exploitation cases. . Brevard County Sheriff’s Office investigators have served as lead agents, undercover officers and forensic examiners in more than 100 child exploitation cases that have been successfully prosecuted in court federal.

“Protecting our children from those who would seek to harm them is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners,” said U.S. Attorney Handberg. “For 15 years, we have had a great partner in the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office investigators are skilled and dedicated professionals who are committed to using their legal authority to protect children from sexual exploitation. It is an incredible achievement for one office to have successfully worked on over 100 successful federal prosecutions. These lawsuits have served to protect children in Brevard County and across the United States. We look forward to many more successes working with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on these important cases.

“It takes an incredible team to protect our children from predators who seek to steal their innocence and destroy their future,” said John Condon, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Tampa. “Our partnership with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office makes Project Safe Childhood a stronger program. Brevard County Investigators are passionate and skilled professionals who work side-by-side with our Special Constables to protect our children from sexual exploitation.

“We appreciate our partnership with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the knowledge and commitment that investigators bring to the table in these difficult investigations,” said David Walker, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Tampa Division. “The FBI welcomes an ongoing partnership to successfully deter individuals and criminal networks exploiting children.”

Some prominent cases investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office include:

  • United States v. Roberto Oquendo and Rose Litky – In September 2016, Oquendo was subject to a roadside check. During the traffic stop, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a tip that Oquendo was in possession of child pornography. In a subsequent interview, Oquendo admitted that for several years he had used a cell phone to search for and view child pornography. He also revealed that while residing in Brevard County, he used a cell phone to take explicit photos of two girls in his care for his sexual gratification. Computer media seized from Oquendo’s home contained thousands of images and videos of the two underage victims (toddlers at the time), as well as images of other children engaging in sexually explicit behavior. Evidence further showed that Oquendo used a social media app to engage in live chats with Litzky, during which Litzky engaged two girls in sexually explicit behavior for the viewing and sexual gratification of Oquendo. Oquendo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography and producing child pornography. On August 26, 2019, he was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. After the trial, a federal jury found Litzky guilty of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. On February 6, 2020, she was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
  • United States vs. Michael Glascock – An undercover officer responded to an online advertisement that Glascock had posted on Craigslist and engaged in communications with Glascock. In these communications, Glascock described his sexual abuse of a three-year-old victim and offered to allow the undercover officer to engage in sexual activity with the underage victim. After Glascock agreed to meet with the undercover officer, officers traveled to Glascock’s home on Merritt Island, where they met Glascock and located the underage victim. Glascock admitted to sexually abusing and producing child sexual abuse images of the underage victim. Glascock pleaded guilty to attempting to sexually incite a minor and producing child sexual abuse images. On February 6, 2015, he was sentenced to life in a federal prison.
  • United States vs. Matthew Howard – Howard created a sexually explicit ad on Craigslist that referenced an underage woman. An undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl engaged Howard in online communications. During online communications, Howard told the “minor” that he wanted to engage in sexual conduct with her. Howard then traveled to Rockledge to meet the ‘minor’ for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct, at which point he was arrested. After the trial, a federal jury found Howard guilty of attempted sexual incitement of a minor. On September 10, 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

These cases were 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 Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the Criminal Division, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and assist victims. . For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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