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Gator Radio Network broadcaster Steve Babik charged with child pornography



BABIK Longtime UF sports broadcaster Steve Babik, most known for his sideline reporting at Gator football games for the Gator Radio Network, was arraigned in the United States District Court in Gainesville Tuesday in Gainesville on charges of possession of child pornography.

Babik, 50, appeared before U.S. Magirstrate Judge Allan Kornblum and was released on $100,000 bond. His trial has been set for March 1.

He has been charged with one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to the U.S. States Attorney's office, the charges are the result of an investigation by the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Florida athletic officials released the following statement: "We were made aware of the investigation in late November and immediately suspended Steve Babik from his work responsibilities. Now that he has been charged, his employment has been terminated. We are deeply disturbed by the charges."

According to court documents obtained by the Times, Babik on or about Nov. 2  "did knowingly receive and distribute, and attempt to receive and distribute, child pornography, namely visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, said child pornography having been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.''

He is also faces a second count on similar charges on or about Nov. 30.

Babik, who is married and has an adult son, faces a mandatory minimum of five years to a maximum of twenty years’ imprisonment, up to lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for Count 1. .

He also faces a maximum of ten years in prison, up to lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on the second count. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:36pm]


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