Man sentenced to life in federal prison for sexual abuse of child

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Orlando, Florida: On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 42-year-old Eric Lance Reynolds plead guilty to coercing and enticing a child to engage in sexual activity and distributing child sexual abuse material.


On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton sentenced Reynolds to life in federal prison. In addition, Reynolds must pay restitution to the child in the amount of $24,797, forfeit his Apple iPhone, and should he be released, submit to lifetime supervision and registration as a sex offender.


The statement released by the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood reads, in part:


"According to court documents and evidence presented during the sentencing hearing, over the course of several years, Reynolds repeatedly sexually abused a prepubescent child to whom Reynolds had access. Specifically, on November 29, 2019, Reynolds used the internet to communicate with a registered sex offender, Jonathan Boudreau. During these online communications, Reynolds offered to allow Boudreau to participate in the sexual abuse of this child, in exchange for money to purchase a video game for the child. On that date, and on at least six other occasions from approximately 2017 to 2020, Boudreau and Reynolds sexually abused the child together, and forced the child to wear a blindfold during the encounters. On one occasion, Reynolds allowed a third individual to participate in the sexual abuse of the child. In total, Reynolds sexually abused this child victim between 15 and 50 times.


A search of Reynolds’ iPhone revealed that Reynolds was also engaged in the distribution and trading of child sexual abuse material with other individuals online. The FBI conducted a forensic review of his devices and discovered six videos and 47 images depicting the sexual abuse of infants and prepubescent children.


On December 21, 2021, Boudreau was sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for distributing and receiving child sexual abuse material as a registered sex offender."


No other press release discussing either Reynolds or Boudreau were posted to Project Safe Childhood. The only information available referencing a conviction of Boudreau is the statement contained in Reynolds' sentencing release.


“No amount of prison time can erase the horrors this man inflicted on an innocent child. But the community can be assured, he will never victimize another child again thanks to the exemplary work of our special agents and task force officers who work tirelessly investigating crimes against children,” said FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge David Walker.