Jury Finds Satellite Beach Man Guilty For Sexually Abusing 10-Year-Old Girl
By WAYNE IVEY, BREVARD SHERIFF // October 21, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Brevard County jury recently convicted 48-year-old Joseph Pallante, of Satellite Beach of sexually abusing a 10-year-old female in 2014.
The jury found Pallante guilty of Sexual Battery of a person under 12 (2 Counts), Sexual Battery while in Familial or Custodial Authority (3 Counts), Lewd and lascivious Molestation (7 Counts), Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (2 Counts), Possession of Material Depicting Sexual Conduct by a Child (26 Counts), Providing Obscene Material to a Child, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Pallante will be sentenced on November 13, 2017 and faces Life in prison.
The investigation was started in 2014 by the Satellite Beach Police Department with the assistance of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Computer Forensics Unit. The investigation determined that Pallante engaged in sexual activity with the victim beginning in 2009.
Pallante provided the victim alcohol and had her watch pornographic videos after which he forced her to do the acts that were portrayed on the video.
Forensic Agent Francis Dufresne examined computers and cell phone evidence in this case uncovering multiple sexually explicit images of the victim and suspect as well as multiple videos containing child pornography.
Agent Dufresne subsequently testified in court regarding his examination of evidence in the case for two days, giving prosecutors the evidence they needed to obtain a conviction against the perpetrator.
I want to personally thank the Satellite Beach Police Department and our incredible Investigative Team who worked seamlessly to investigate this case, as well as other cases against predators who target children in our community!
These investigations are extremely complex and require a specific expertise to ensure a successful prosecution and assistance in the long road to recovery for the victims.
Many of those involved in the investigation and prosecution of these cases such as Crime Scene Investigators, Forensic Agents, Prosecutors, Child Abuse Exploitation Agents, and citizens who proudly serve on juries never receive any recognition for their commitment and efforts.
Their hearts and passion for helping others is amazing and I ask that you please join me in thanking everyone who plays a role in saving children from victimization!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.