Palm Beach County resident Frank Earle Noyes III was sentenced today to 384 months’ imprisonment by United States District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, after previously pleading guilty to the production of child pornography and enticing a minor to engage in an illegal sexual activity.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
According to the court record, Noyes entered into an online chat with a 12-year old minor female who lived in Minnesota. During the chat, Noyes sent the minor child pornographic images that he produced of a 5-year old minor engaged in illegal sexual conduct. Noyes was arrested and law enforcement found additional child pornographic images that he produced on his phone of a 3-year old minor female engaged in illegal sexual conduct. During the chat session with the 12-year old child, Noyes repeatedly enticed her to send him pornographic images of herself.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, Plymouth Police Department, Minnesota, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and the South Florida Minor Vice Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lothrop Morris and Ellen Cohen.