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Florida men arrested for child porn of a 5-year-old sentenced to years in prison

Justice Scales and books and wooden gavel
Justice Scales and books and wooden gavel

(BREVARD COUNTY, Florida)– Two Florida men have been sentenced to years in federal prison for child pornography crimes involving a 5-year-old child. 

Christian Rice of Melbourne and Robert Ripley of Jacksonville were accused and put on trial for the sexual abuse of a 5-year-old after an investigation that began in July 2021.

The Special Operations Response Team Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about possible child pornography distributed online and pointed them to Rice and Ripley.

Rice was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison followed by 20 years of Sex Offender Probation on charges of Production, Distribution, and Possession of Child Pornography.

Ripley was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of Sex Offender Probation for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography.

Agents working on the case were able to rescue the child suffering from the abuse.