Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven has sentenced Keith Critchfield (68, Sarasota) to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession of child exploitation material. The court also ordered Critchfield to forfeit a laptop, which was used in the commission of the offense. Critchfield had pleaded guilty on May 30, 2023.
According to court documents, Critchfield is a registered sex offender based on a 1998 state of Florida conviction for lewd or lascivious exhibition and using a child in a sexual performance. In May 2020, after receiving cybertips regarding child exploitation material, agents searched Critchfield’s residence and found that he possessed child sexual abuse images.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Sarasota). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilyssa M. Spergel.
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.