Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Colum Patrick Moran, Jr. (40, Jacksonville) has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with soliciting child pornography using the internet. If convicted, Moran faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to 30 years, in federal prison. Moran was arrested on March 6, 2019, and is currently detained.
According to the complaint, from on or about December 28, 2016, through October 31, 2018, Moran, using the name “Emily lover” and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, made numerous postings to several internet blog websites hosted by mothers. These blog sites were designed and intended to share and exchange information about motherhood, raising children, and other related topics. Moran repeatedly posted sexually explicit comments about young children on these motherhood blogs and also solicited others to produce and post sexually explicit photos and videos of children on the blog sites.
On March 6, 2019, FBI agents and other officers executed a search warrant at Moran’s apartment where Moran lived alone. The agents found a plastic storage bin containing at least 50 pairs of female child-sized underwear, a smart phone containing over 300 images depicting child pornography, a number of credit cards and Florida driver licenses that did not belong to Moran, and several firearms and a bulletproof vest. Moran was placed under arrest.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville and Los Angeles, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
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.