PENSACOLA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)â Michael J. McClure, 43, of DeFuniak Springs, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on criminal offenses related to his activity on Kik Messenger, a mobile device application, announced Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. McClure will make his appearance in federal court in Pensacola on August 31, 2021, at 2:00 pm before United States Magistrate Judge Hope T. Cannon.
The indictment alleges that McClure was part of an ongoing child exploitation enterprise to produce, distribute, receive, and possess child pornography. McClure is also charged with the production of child pornography as well as its distribution, receipt, and possession.READ MORE: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Received Funding For A High Visibility Enforcement Initiative
McClure faces a mandatory minimum 20 years up to a maximum of life imprisonment if convicted.READ MORE: Polk County School Cafeteria Worker Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the governmentâs burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.MORE NEWS: Man Taken Into Custody After Barricading Himself Inside His Home
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Escambia County Sheriffâs Office, the Walton County Sheriffâs Office, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David L. Goldberg and Jennifer H. Callahan.