PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Robert E. Eldridge, 43, of Panama City, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 180 months in federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography.
Eldridge pled guilty in January to two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. During his plea of guilty, Eldridge admitted that between January 1, 2012, and March 21, 2012, he downloaded in excess of 35 videos and 160 still images containing child pornography from a peer-to-peer network and that he “preferred minor females around 12 years of age.”
Due to a prior conviction for Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child, Eldridge faced an enhanced penalty of a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of fifteen years on Count One of his indictment and a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years on Count Two. Eldridge was also sentenced to a 10-year term of supervised release, which he will be required to serve upon completion of his prison sentence.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.