Former Hillsborough County Elementary School Head Custodian Sentenced For Receiving And Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Materials

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Tampa, Florida– U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell has sentenced Charles Currie (66, Tampa) to eight years and one month in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for receipt and possession of child sexual abuse material. Currie is required to register as a sex offender. The court also ordered Currie to forfeit multiple electronic devices, which were used to commit the offenses. Restitution will be ordered by the Court at a hearing scheduled for February 3, 2023. Currie had pleaded guilty on August 19, 2022.

According to court documents, in February 2016, Currie received a video approximately 6 minutes in length via a peer-to-peer networking application that depicted prepubescent minors being sexually abused. As of January 2021, Currie also possessed multiple electronic devices containing approximately 2,452 images and 1,595 videos of child sex abuse material, including images and videos depicting toddlers and bondage.

“Removing this predator from the streets, and out of the school where he was employed, is a win for the community,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kristopher Pagitt. “We appreciate our partners at the Tampa Police Department in the successful investigation and prosecution of this case.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilyssa M. Spergel.

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.