Ocala FL–A Florida man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison April 21 for the online receipt of child pornography, federal authorities say.
The child pornography case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Orlando office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
According to court documents, in 2014, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office investigation into online child pornography resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the home of Robert Toole, 51, of Ocala. There deputies discovered computer equipment containing more than 10,000 images of child pornography, many involving prepubescent children under the age of 12. In addition, Toole had many images of child pornography that he had taken of himself violating his daughter when she was a child. In testimony during the sentencing hearing Toole’s daughter described how her father’s conduct began when she was as young as 3 years-old, and continued through her teenage years. Toole pleaded guilty November 6, 2015.