TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Eric Matthew Lipman, 59, of Tallahassee, Fla., Today pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute, receive and possess material constituting child pornography and distribute material constituting child pornography. Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, has announced the guilty plea.
Between February 8, 2021 and February 11, 2021, Lipman, along with others, participated in Mega.NZ newsgroups that distributed, received, possessed and discussed child pornography images and videos. Mega.NZ was a New Zealand-based Internet cloud storage and file hosting service. Lipman conspired with members of the newsgroups to distribute, receive and possess material constituting child pornography, and posted child pornography material to the Mega.NZ newsgroups for the benefit of other like-minded participants. . The pornographic material Lipman distributed, and which was found on Lipman’s electronic devices, involved prepubescent minors as well as minors under the age of 12.
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Lipman faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison, followed by a 5-year life sentence of supervised release on all charges after his prison term.
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This case resulted from an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy United States Attorney Justin M. Keen is pursuing the case.
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Lipman’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 18, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee before the Honorable United States District Chief Justice Mark E. Walker .