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Antonya English

Former UF broadcaster Steve Babik pleads guilty to distribution of child pornography

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Steve Babik, a sports broadcaster at the University of Florida for more than two decades, pled guilty on Tuesday in United States District Court to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to Thomas F. Kirwin, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Babik, 50, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five, and a maximum sentence of twenty years’ imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2, 

In January, federal officials filed charges against Babik alleging that between Nov. 2 and Nov. 30 2009, Babik knowingly received, distributed, and possessed materials depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to a statement of facts filed in connection with Babik's plea agreement, on Nov.  2 an investigator with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined that on 326 occasions between June 2008 and November 2009, an IP address assigned to Babik offered known child pornography files for distribution.

Babik confessed to downloading child pornography using his file sharing system. Forensic analysis of the computer system recovered from Babik’s home revealed a significant volume of child pornography videos. Babik admitted that he was aware that his computer files contained images of children engaging in sexual acts with other children and with adults.

Babik, who was best known as the sideline reporter for the Gator Radio Network, but also was a longtime broadcaster for other sports at UF, was fired in November.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:51pm]

    

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