FORT MYERS, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Fort Myers man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possessing images and videos depicting sexual abuse of children.
Brenton Lawrence Frank, 30, of Fort Myers, has also been sentenced to a life term of supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender.READ MORE: WATCH: Ghosts of Ybor City | 5 Part Series
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Frank had been found guilty following a bench trial on November 4, 2020.
According to court documents, on September 16, 2019, a deputy from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) stopped Frank’s vehicle for a defective equipment violation. At the conclusion of the traffic stop, Frank consented to a search of his vehicle and the deputy then located Frank’s cellphone under the driver’s seat. Frank admitted to the deputy that the conditions of his supervision prohibited him from possessing the cellphone and signed a written consent authorizing the deputy to search his phone. The deputy observed images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct on Frank’s cellphone. A subsequent search and forensic analysis of Frank’s cellphone revealed approximately 300 images and 2 videos depicting the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.MORE NEWS: Investigation Ongoing After A Fatal Single Vehicle Crash In St. Petersburg
In 2011, Frank was convicted in Fort Myers on federal charges of distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors and sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment and a 15-year term of supervised release.