Sex offender sentenced for transporting child porn

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 10 2014 03:37:52 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A 67-year-old St. Augustine man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison for transporting images and videos of child pornography from Florida to Canada.

Charles Lee Gorish was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervision following his incarceration and to register as a sex offender.

Gorish pleaded guilty on Oct. 23. He has been in custody since his arrest in St. Augustine on Sept. 7, 2012.

According to court documents, Gorish used a fake name to send a package via FedEx from St. Augustine to an individual in Ontario, Canada. The package was intercepted by Canadian law enforcement officers. It contained, among other things, two micro SD media cards containing more than 600 images and videos depicting child pornography, and thousands of images of child erotica.

Canadian officials notified the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations regarding the seizure of the package.

Further investigation revealed that Gorish is a registered sex offender. He was convicted in Hillsborough County on Feb. 24, 1992, of three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a minor.

On Sept. 7, 2012, FBI agents and St. Johns County deputies executed a federal search warrant at Gorish's home in St. Augustine. During an interview, Gorish admitted that he downloaded the files depicting the sexually explicit images of young boys on the SD cards from the Internet, over a period of years. Gorish was subsequently arrested.

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