Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Distribution on Pinterest

Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Distribution on Pinterest
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November 24th, 2021 | Department of Justice

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Timothy E. Caruso, 45, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. after being found guilty by a jury on July 15, 2021 of charges of distributing of child pornography and accessing with intent to view child pornography. Caruso was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment for the child pornography offenses and 14 months for a violation of supervised release, which will be served consecutive to his sentence for the child pornography offense. Caruso will be on supervised release for life upon his release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

Caruso was on federal supervision after a prior conviction for failing to register as a sex offender. In December 2018, Caruso uploaded an image of child pornography to a private section of Pinterest. Pinterest reported the upload to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The image was traced back to a Google account used by Caruso and sent from an IP address where he was staying. Further investigation discovered Caruso’s search terms indicating an interest in young girls. His messages on Pinterest included that he had lost his child pornography collection and was seeking to trade child pornography and acquire new images.

This case was investigated by the Omaha FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

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