PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Ian Grantz, 24, Tarpon Springs, was indicted by a grand jury for the distribution of sexual abuse materials and possession of child sexual abuse materials.
If convicted on all counts, Grantz faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment and court proceedings, an investigation began due to Grantz posting child sexual abuse material images depicting infants and toddlers being sexually abused on his Tumblr account.
Agents conducted a residential search warrant, during which Grantz provided his cell phone for forensic review.
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An analysis of the cell phone revealed additional child sexual abuse material images, including pornographic images of a child living in the Tampa Bay area. Grantz admitted to distributing and possessing child sexual abuse images.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Abigail K. King.