Jacksonville, FL (March 11, 2019) – Police announced that 40-year-old Colum Patrick Moran Jr. was arrested and charged on a federal level after soliciting child pornography via the Internet. Moran could now be facing a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison.
From December to October, Moran used the name “Emily lover” and a similar email address to post on several internet blog websites that were owned by mothers. These websites were specifically designed with the intent to share information about motherhood and other related topics.
Police say that Moran reportedly posted sexually explicit comments about children and posted sexually explicit photos and videos on the blog sites. On March 6th, police arrived at Moran’s home after gaining a search warrant. While there, they found a plastic storage bin of at least 50 child-size pairs of underwear and a smartphone containing over 300 images depicting child pornography. From there, they placed Moran under arrest.
At this time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Jacksonville Child Pornography Laws
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