Illinois Resident Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison For Viewing Child Sex Abuse Images While Traveling on a Commercial Airplane


Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Donald Max Ingram, age 70 of Illinois, to five years in federal prison for possessing and viewing images of children being sexually abused as he traveled onboard a commercial flight to Florida. The court also ordered Ingram to forfeit the electronic devices used in the commission of the offense, serve a lifetime term of supervised release, and register as a sex offender. As part of his sentence, the court also ordered Ingram to pay $3,000 in restitution to the victims of the offense.

Ingram had pleaded guilty on May 18, 2021.

According to court documents, on September 14, 2020, Ingram was on board a domestic flight to Florida when another passenger observed Ingram viewing child sex abuse material on his cellphone. The passenger alerted law enforcement when the plane landed at St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the airport detained Ingram and requested assistance from the FBI. During an interview, Ingram admitted that he had used his cellphone to access and view child sex abuse images and consented to a search of his phone. A subsequent forensic analysis of Ingram’s cellphone revealed that he possessed 59 images depicting children being sexually abused. Some of the images depicted children younger than 12 years old.

Donald Ingram was booked in Pinellas County Jail on June 2, 2021, and was released to Federal Marshals on November 12, 2021. As of Saturday, November 13, 2021 he was not listed as a registered sex offender in Florida or Illinois. His prison location was not listed in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Florida Department of Corrections, or the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Donald Ingram is described as a male/white with hazel eyes and white hair, 5’10” 207 LBS, Age 70. He has a long scar down his left forearm and a scar on his stomach. Ingram’s residential locale in Illinois was not listed by authorities.

Donald Ingram’s was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell.

Donald Ingram’s convictions involve’s another case 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 the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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



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US Marshals Service General Prisoner Information (Archived Saturday, November 13, 2021) …
SOURCE: US Marshals Service

Defendant and Prisoner Custody and Detention
The Marshals Service assumes custody of individuals arrested by all federal agencies and is responsible for the housing and transportation of prisoners from the time they are brought into federal custody until they are either acquitted or incarcerated.
Each day, the Marshals Service houses approximately 52,000 detainees in federal, state, local and private jails throughout the nation. In order to house these pre-sentenced prisoners, the Marshals Service contracts with approximately 1,800 state and local governments to rent jail space. Eighty percent of the prisoners in Marshals Service custody are detained in state, local and private facilities.

Individuals who are arrested or detained for violation of federal statutes must be brought before a magistrate or judge for an initial hearing. After the hearing, prisoners may be released or remanded into the custody of the respective U.S. Marshal to stand trial. If convicted at the actual trial, it is the agency’s responsibility to deliver the prisoner to an institution to serve the imposed sentence.

In locations where detention space is scarce, the Marshals Service provides select state and local governments with Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) funds to improve local jail facilities and to expand jail capacities. In return, the agency receives guaranteed space for its federal prisoners. The Marshals Service has awarded $279 million to counties and municipalities under CAP agreements – resulting in the provision of more than 12,000 guaranteed spaces for federal prisoners.

The responsibility for the detention of prisoners is challenging in its diversity and complexity. Deputy marshals must resolve difficult issues such as arranging for the hospitalization and care of prisoners with terminal illnesses or contagious diseases, and deciding whether the Marshals Service will grant the transfer of prisoners to state authorities pursuant to state writs.

Juvenile Detention
It is the responsibility of the USMS to provide for the custody, handling, and detention of juvenile delinquents in accordance with the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, 18 USC 5031–5042. A juvenile is a person who is less than l8 years old for the purpose of proceedings and disposition under 18 USC 5031. In the case of an act of juvenile delinquency, a person who is under 2l is considered a juvenile. USMS juvenile prisoners will be treated as such unless, upon a motion by the attorney general, the court orders the juvenile to be treated as an adult. In such cases the juvenile is ‘‘transferred’’ for adult prosecution (18 USC 5032). Any prisoner committed under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act will be treated as a juvenile regardless of age.

Prisoner Photographs
GENERAL: U.S. Marshals Service employees will not pose prisoners for pictures (except as necessary for identification purposes at district offices or detention facilities) or in any way subject prisoners to embarrassment.

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION ON PRISONERS PROHIBITED: U.S. Marshals will not release information to the public concerning federal prisoners. U.S. Marshals will not disclose personal histories or photographs of prisoners, or arrival or departure times of prisoners. Press attention should not be imposed on prisoners and prisoners who seek it should not be indulged. Questions arising concerning publicity with regard to prisoners should be directed to the Chief, Office of Public Affairs.

INTERFERENCE WITH REPORTERS: U.S. Marshals will not interfere with a reporter, photographer or any other person seeking to take a photograph of a federal prisoner on the street or in any other public place outside of the federal courthouse. A United States Marshal or deputy, however, will not halt or pose a federal prisoner for the benefit of photographers. Some federal judges have made provisions for photographing prisoners in courthouses. When such provisions have been made by the court, the United States Marshal will follow court rules and in each instance determine which judge the prisoner will appear before and honor the court’s decision in each case.

CONTRACT DETENTION FACILITY RULES ON PUBLIC/PRISONER CONTACT: Local detention facility rules or policies regarding visitation, mail or phone access apply to United States Marshals Service prisoners and their communication with the press. Press interviews outside of a detention facility are not authorized unless specifically ordered by the court. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at