Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Christopher Ted Duluk (32, Fort Myers) to seven years in federal prison for possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Duluk was also sentenced to a 15-year term of supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Duluk was found guilty after a bench trial on December 2, 2020.
According to court documents, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) began an investigation into Duluk for unlawfully impersonating a law enforcement officer and for using a government license plate. On December 10, 2019, deputies from the LCSO executed a search warrant on Duluk’s home and car and seized Duluk’s vehicle bearing a state tag, and a thumb drive that was in the trunk. During the subsequent search of the thumb drive, LCSO observed an image depicting child sexual abuse. A forensic analysis of the thumb drive revealed approximately 150 images and 150 videos depicting the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
On March 10, 2020, a search warrant was executed at Duluk’s residence. Law enforcement officers seized Duluk’s laptop computer and later identified approximately 90 videos of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Myers Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, which includes the Lee County Sheriff’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 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.