Fort Myers man gets more than 6 years for possessing child sex abuse images, videos

Michael Braun
| Fort Myers News-Press

A 73-year-old Fort Myers man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison Wednesday for possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. 

Jeffrey Alan Dinkel pleaded guilty on May 20, 2019, and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John L. Badalamenti in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers.

According to court documents, Dinkel purchased a membership to several child pornography websites.

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During the execution of a search warrant at his home, agents recovered his computer and disks containing images and videos depicting children being sexually abused.

Dinkel told agents that he had joined numerous websites that hosted images and videos of children being forced to perform sexual acts, the agents reported.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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