Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 26, 2016
St. Petersburg Man Sentenced To Eight Years For Child Pornography Offenses
Tampa, Florida – U.S. Senior District Judge Richard A. Lazzara has sentenced Jetmir Qose (23, St. Petersburg) to 8 years in federal prison for transportation and possession of child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit certain items used in the commission of the offenses, including a laptop computer and two external hard drives.
Qose was found guilty after a bench trial held on November 5, 2015.
According to court documents, in September 2014, during an undercover operation, law enforcement discovered that Qose was sharing files of child pornography using a publicly available sharing program. As a result of this initial investigation, a search warrant was executed at Qose’s residence and several of his electronic devices were seized. An examination of the devices revealed a large collection of child pornography, including numerous videos and images featuring the exploitation of minors under the age of 12.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Rachel Jones and Jennifer Peresie.
It 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 United States Attorneys’ 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.