Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger has sentenced Christian Tristan McKie (39, Orlando) to 14 years in federal prison for distribution and possession of child sexual abuse materials. The court also ordered McKie to forfeit an external hard drive, a laptop, and a thumb drive, which were used to commit the offenses McKie had pleaded guilty on June 29, 2023.
According to court documents, law enforcement received a CyberTip regarding a user distributing child sexual abuse materials on a social media platform. Through investigative means, they learned that McKie was the user who had uploaded the child sexual abuse materials. While executing a search warrant at McKie’s residence, law enforcement seized multiple electronic devices belonging to McKie, including a damaged laptop located under McKie’s bed and an external hard drive broken into pieces behind a freezer. Law enforcement also found a folder that belonged to McKie containing handwritten stories portraying sexual abuse of children between the ages of five and sixteen. A forensic examination was conducted on McKie’s devices revealing several videos and images of child sexual abuse. During an interview with law enforcement, McKie admitted to viewing and trading child sexual abuse images.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Courtney D. Richardson-Jones.
This is another case 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 the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.