James Edwards, Rose Litzky convicted of child porn in federal court

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Federal juries have convicted two Brevard County residents in separate child pornography cases. 

James Edwards, 37, was found guilty Friday of possessing child pornography  after detectives discovered over 1,000 videos and 300 images on a computer at his Palm Bay home, according to federal court records. 

Agents said the images and videos showed toddlers engaging in explicit and violent sexual acts. Edwards had his computer connected to a television mounted on a wall in his bedroom when investigators from the FBI and Palm Bay Police Department raided his home in February.

Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15 in a U.S. Middle District of Florida courtroom in Orlando

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In a separate case Friday, federal prosecutors secured the conviction of Rose Litzky, 33, also of Palm Bay, U.S. Department of Justice reports said. 

She faces between 15 and 30 years in prison for conspiracy to produce child pornography, possession of child pornography and production of child pornography. 

The investigation into Litzky began in 2016 when FBI agents received tips that her boyfriend, Roberto Oquendo was in possession of child pornography.

When he was pulled over by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies for a traffic stop, he was taken to federal agents for an interview, where he admitted to photographing two children, according to federal prosecutors. 

Investigators discovered Litzky was arranging for the children to engage in sexual acts together while taking photos and videos to send to Oquendo. 

Oquendo was convicted on two counts of production of child pornography and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 26. He also faces up to 30 years in prison. 

Both investigations came about as a result of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative meant to “combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.” 

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