Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) State Crime Alerts (b)
Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Anthony Vincent Organo (32, Cape Coral) to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for distributing videos depicting the sexual abuse of a child. The court also sentenced Organo to a term of 15 years of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender. Organo had pleaded guilty on October 3, 2023.
According to court documents, between March 9 and May 9, 2023, Organo distributed videos depicting minors being sexually abused through his social media account. Among those who Organo had distributed the child sexual abuse material to were undercover special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In addition, Organo distributed videos of children being sexually abused to an undercover detective from the Montgomery County Constable’s Office in Texas. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that Organo was an administrator of a social media chat group and had helped to run the chat group that had the main purpose of sharing child sexual abuse material.
On June 14, 2023, a search warrant was executed at Organo’s residence and agents seized Organo’s cellphone. A subsequent forensic examination of Organo’s cellphone revealed more than 400 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
During an interview with agents on June 14, 2023, Organo admitted that he had received videos and images of children ranging in age from 5-15 years old. Organo estimated that he had sent and received over 500 images and videos depicting children being sexually abused in 2023, and he admitted that he had created the social media group chat where he would send and receive child sex abuse material.
This case was jointly investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fort Myers Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, with assistance from the Montgomery County (Texas) Constable’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.
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 Attorney’s 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.