[UPDATE] FSU Grad Student Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email

UPDATE 3-22 4:14 pm

U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

GRADUATE STUDENT SENTENCED TO 97 MONTHS
FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Tallahassee, FL - Michael Alan Reaid, 28, of Tallahassee, was sentenced Monday to 97 months in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release for the receipt of child pornography, announced Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Evidence introduced at Reaid’s sentencing showed that on April 29, 2010, he was found in possession of approximately 24,000 images of child pornography, including sadistic and masochistic images, and depictions of sex acts with children as young as two years old. Reaid
had also saved approximately 53 “role playing chats” in which he acted out the sexual molestation of children.

The court imposed special conditions of supervision, including that Reaid receive treatment for sex offense, alcohol, and drug issues, that he register as a sex offender, that he have no access to minors, that he notify future employers of his conviction, and that any computer he possesses be subject to search by law enforcement officers, with or without a warrant. Before his arrest, Reaid was pursuing a masters degree in cellular and molecular biology from Florida State University.

Ms. Marsh praised the work of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Office of Homeland Security Investigations), whose joint investigation led to Reaid’s conviction and sentence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006, 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, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood,
please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael T. Simpson.

NOTE: Picture of Reaid is attached.
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UPDATED at 11:07 p.m. by Heather Biance

"A lot of times, you look up to your professors. You look at them as someone who knows so much about what you're trying to learn and you figure that's what their focus is on. You don't think they're sitting at home looking up child pornography or doing illegal things," says FSU student Autumn Ondriska.

To see what his ratings were on RateMyProfessor.com, go here:
http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=911706&page=1

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE:

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA - Michael Alan Reaid, a 27-year-old graduate student at Florida State University, was arrested today on federal charges of receipt and possession of child pornography, announced Thomas F. Kirwin, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The two-count indictment filed earlier this week in United States District Court in Tallahassee, charges that between June 9, 2007, and April 29, 2010, Reaid received and possessed child pornography via the Internet.

If convicted for receipt of child pornography as charged in Count One, Reaid faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years’ and a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment. If convicted of possession of child pornography as charged in Count Two, Reaid faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Trial is set for July 19, 2010, in Tallahassee, before Chief United States District Judge Stephan P. Mickle.

The case was investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Tallahassee Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert O. Davis.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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