Pinellas County Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Possession of Child Pornography
TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that a Pinellas County man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Malachi Surber, 33, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of possession of child pornography.
Surber was arrested in April 2010 during a routine undercover investigation. Investigators with the Attorney General's Child Predator CyberCrime Unit and St. Petersburg Police Department confiscated computers from Surber's Gulfport home and discovered numerous images of child pornography. Some of the images discovered were of children appearing to be no older than four years old. The Gulfport Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assisted with the arrest.
Surber was prosecuted by attorneys with the Attorney General's CyberCrime Unit and was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Joseph Bulone in Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit. In addition to his prison sentence, Surber must register with the state as a sex offender.
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