Ocala, Florida – Michael Edward Burr, Jr. (29, Homosassa) has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Burr faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to, 20 years in federal prison, as well as a potential lifetime term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, federal agents executed a search warrant at Burr’s residence on October 28, 2020. During the search, agents seized a cellular phone used by Burr containing dozens of videos and hundreds of images depicting children being sexually abused. Burr was previously convicted in Grand Traverse, Michigan of possessing child sexual abuse material on October 8, 2014.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Hamilton.
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.projectsafechildhood.gov.