Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Ronald Manns Seaman, Jr. (50, Tampa) to 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography. Seaman had pleaded guilty on November 28, 2018.
According to court records and proceedings, Seaman produced sexually explicit images of a 7-year-old boy who was under his supervision. The investigation began when Seaman distributed child pornography over the internet to an undercover FBI agent. Further investigation revealed that Seaman ran an online trading site for child pornography with more than 400 members, who traded “extreme” child pornography. Seaman advertised on the site that he had 10,000 child pornography files to trade. Seaman’s computer was found to contain more than 500 images and 40 videos of child pornography—many of which depicted babies and toddlers—including seven explicit images that he had produced of the 7-year-old victim.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.
This case was 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 (CEOS), 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.