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Palm Coast man pleads guilty to child porn charge

1:07 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man facing federal child porn charges who tried to destroy his computers and compact discs with a samurai sword has pleaded guilty to one federal charge of receiving child pornography over the internet.

Kamil Mezalka, 21, of Palm Coast faces a $250,000 fine, between five and 20 years in federal prison, forfeiture of his digital media and computers and a potential life term of supervised release, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.

The investigation began on March 15 when an FBI agent in Philadelphia started looking into individuals who were sharing child pornography files via a file sharing program, the release said.

The agent found that the directory of a particular screen name signed into the network had more than 4,000 files, of which many had descriptions of child pornography. The IP address was traced to a residence in Palm Coast where Mezalka lived, the release said.

Mezalka was arrested at his Palm Coast home May 8. When FBI agents arrived, they commanded Mezalka to leave his bedroom, but he refused, the release said.

Upon entering Mezalka's bedroom, they found that he used a samurai sword to try and destroy his computers and compact discs. He did not obey commands to drop the sword.

Mezalka's computer was examined and hundreds of files depicting child sex abuse were found, the release stated. One of the hard drives had more than 3,000 videos and 12,000 images. Of these, 100 videos and 500 images depicted child pornography.

On May 16, Mezalka was ordered to be detained pending the case's resolution.

The case was investigated by the FBI, in Jacksonville and Philadelphia, and the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Rodney Brown, and was brought about through Project Safe Childhood, according to the release.

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