Branford man sentenced to 30 years on child pornography charges

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Updated: 12/19/2019 12:05 a.m.

A man from Branford was sentenced to 30 years for child pornography.

Joseph Roberts, 43, was sentenced Monday in federal court. In May 2018 investigators found Roberts in the possession of hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

Roberts also tried to create sexually explicit videos of a minor using his cell phone. Some of the minors depicted were less than 12 years old.
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After three hours of deliberations, a federal jury in Gainesville has convicted a resident of Branford in a child pornography case.

Joseph Roberts, 43, was found guilty of one count of possession of child porn and one count of child porn production.

After the verdict, Roberts made no comment to the court. He will be sentenced on December 6th.

FDLE agents say in addition to child porn images of children younger than 10, he also videotaped a nine-year-old girl.

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The trial of a man from Branford will begin Tuesday in federal court in Gainesville.

The home of 43-year-old Joseph Roberts was searched in July of 2018.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents found child porn images of children younger than 10 with some as young as 3 to 4 years old. He also is accused of videotaping a nine-year-old girl.

Roberts faces one federal count of possession of child porn and one count of child porn production. His trial is expected to end on Wednesday.