Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Christopher Ray Faella (34, Palm Bay) to 14 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for receiving and possessing child pornography. The court also ordered Faella to forfeit a cellphone and micro SD cards, which were used to download and store images of child pornography.
Faella had pleaded guilty on August 15, 2018.
According to court documents, on April 13, 2017, the Palm Bay Police Department initiated an investigation, based on a tip received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), that a Google account under Faella’s name had uploaded files containing child pornography. The tip involved 946 images and 22 videos of child pornography. Google identified Faella’s email address and several internet protocol addresses that were associated with Faella and his residence.
On July 22, 2017, the Palm Bay Police Department executed a search warrant at Faella’s residence. Faella, a known felon with a lengthy criminal history, was in possession of a .22 caliber revolver and several rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A forensic analysis of Faella’s cellphone revealed 617 images and 3 videos of young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct that had been downloaded through Google Chrome. Faella also had several micro SD cards that contained 1,147 images of child pornography. The images depicted bondage, bestiality, and other acts of sadistic conduct perpetrated against young children, including toddlers. As a result, the Palm Bay Police Department referred the investigation to the FBI for the filing of criminal charges.
This case was investigated by the Palm Bay Police Department, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.
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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.