The following press release was issued on Friday, March 17, 2023 by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Florida.
Ocala, Florida –Senior United States District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced Eddie Joe Oglesby, Jr. (52, Fort McCoy) to 80 years in federal prison for two counts of production of child sex abuse material and one count of receipt of sex abuse material. A federal jury previously found Oglesby guilty on October 14, 2022. He had been charged in a superseding indictment on September 13, 2022.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Oglesby created an elaborate false identity which he used to impersonate a federal agent. He then used this false identity to coerce underaged female victims to produce and send him child sex abuse material over the internet. Posing as the false agent, Oglesby threatened to have the victims arrested, imprisoned, institutionalized, or killed if they did not comply with his demands.
During a search of Oglesby’s Marion County residence by FBI agents on September 27, 2021, they found him with an underaged female runaway. A search of Oglesby’s cellular phone showed him logged into multiple social media applications under both his real and false identities. Agents ultimately found 473 pages of electronic communications between Oglesby and one of his victims on that cellular phone.
“This case exemplifies the commitment of the FBI and our law enforcement partners to identify and locate abusers who prey on our children,” said Special Agent in Charge Sherri E. Onks for the Jacksonville Division. “The crimes committed by this predator are inexcusable and we will stop at nothing to thwart criminals like him from taking advantage of innocent youth.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Weatherford (Texas) Police Department, and the Cobb County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Hamilton and Hannah J. Nowalk.
This case was 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.