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Lancaster man arrested for child pornography

LANCASTER— A New Street man is arrested for his involvement in the possession and dissemination of child pornography. Craig Redding, 32, is charged with (7) felony counts of Sexual Abuse of Children (Dissemination of Child Pornography); (45) felony counts of Sexual Abuse of Children (Possession of Child Pornography); and (1) misdemeanor count of Obscene and other sexual materials and performances. Police say Redding downloaded numerous images of child pornography and stored and disseminated these images on numerous electronic devices. Additionally police say Redding secretly filmed a someone “in a state of undress” without that person’s knowledge. That victim is over 18 years old. Redding is a former Support Coordinator with Lancaster County Mental Health/Mental Retardation who worked with families who had children with disabilities. At this time there is nothing in the criminal investigation or Lancaster MH/MR’s internal investigation to suggest that Redding victimized any children he may have had contact with during the course of his employment. Due to the nature of the investigation the Lancaster Police notified Lanacaster MH/MR of the investigation and they took appropriate steps to insure their client’s safety. Redding surrendered to police this morning and received $300,000 unsecured bail and was released. If anyone has any additional information regarding the above individual or this investigation they can call Detective Harnish at (717)735-3350. The above individual is presumed innocent of all charges until found guilty in the Court of Common Pleas.

April 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 20 Years for Additional Crimes Against a Child Registered Sex Offender Enticed Minor Victim in Internet Chats

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 16, 2012
  • Northern District of Georgia(404) 581-6000

ATLANTA, GA—Timothy Lyle Chappell, 50, of Conley, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. to serve 20 years in federal prison on charges of committing felony offenses involving a minor, specifically, enticing a minor to engage in prostitution and transporting and harboring a minor for prostitution, while being an individual required by law to register as a sex offender.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “This convicted sex offender convinced a 15-year-old girl during Internet chats to come to a motel for a free place to stay. At the same time, he was advertising the girl on the Internet as a prostitute. We are satisfied that this lengthy prison sentence will protect other children from harm by this predator and hope that it will serve as a warning to like-minded individuals who are considering engaging in similar reprehensible conduct.”

Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated, “The sad truth is that there are people like Mr. Chappell who will, again and again, exploit our community’s youth. The FBI-led MATCH Task Force, established to address metro Atlanta’s child exploitation problem, is proud of the role that it played in removing Mr. Chappell from our streets for many years to come.”

Chappell was sentenced to 20 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Chappell was convicted of these charges on February 8, 2012 upon his plea of guilty.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: Chappell is a registered sex offender based on his August 2000 conviction on two counts of sexual molestation involving two different children in Cobb County, Georgia. In early June 2010, Chappell began posting ads on the Internet offering a free room to females. The victim in this case, identified in the indictment as “C.B.,” was at that time a 15-year-old girl who was living with her aunt and contemplating running away. C.B. answered Chappell’s posting, and the two began communicating via cellphone and live Internet chats. Chappell then began posting ads on the Internet offering C.B.’s services as a prostitute. Ultimately, Chappell sent someone to pick up C.B. and bring her to the motel in Conley, Georgia, where he was living. Over the course of the next two days, Chappell had sexual relations with C.B. and provided her to two other men who had sexual relations with her.

This case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys Teresa D. Hoyt and Susan Coppedge prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visitwww.projectsafechildhood.gov.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Information Office at USAGAN.Pressemails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the homepage for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Georgia | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indiana Man Charged with Coercing a Minor to Produce Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 13, 2012
  • Eastern District of Michigan(313) 226-9100

DETROIT—Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, of Brazil, Indiana, was charged today in a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of Michigan with inducing and coercing a minor to produce child pornography that was then transported in interstate commerce, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.

Joining in the announcement were Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Sheriff Michael Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

“Parents and children need to be aware that child predators use the Internet to harm children,” McQuade said. “We are grateful that alert law enforcement investigators were able to intervene in this case.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Arena said, “”These heinous acts targeting children illustrate the dangers that can exist over the Internet. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners committed to preventing these crimes and arresting those predators.”

Sheriff Bouchard stated, “”I’m proud of the young victim that had the courage to share his story with family, who brought it to my sheriff’s investigators. As a result, a disgusting predator is off the street.”

According to the affidavit, on two occasions in February 2012, Finkbiner is alleged to have coerced a 14-year-old boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct that was  captured with a webcam. The 14-year-old victim in this case made contact with Finkbiner through the Internet on a video chat website. It is further alleged that Finkbiner told the minor victim that if he did not follow Finkbiner’s instructions, the videos would be posted online to pornographic websites. It was after these threats that the minor victim’s family became aware and notified the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

If convicted on these charges, Finkerbiner faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum penalty of up to life.

Finkbiner is currently in federal custody in Indiana, where he faces similar charges.

This case was brought to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by investigators of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Trial cannot be held on felony charges in a complaint. When the investigation is completed, a determination will be made whether to seek a felony indictment.

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Michigan | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canadian Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges in Jacksonville

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 13, 2012
  • Middle District of Florida(904) 301-6300

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Christian Yvon Lapierre (46, a Canadian citizen residing in Jacksonville) was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on child pornography charges. Lapierre is charged with two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison for each of the receipt counts and up to 10 years in federal prison for the possession count. Lapierre was arrested yesterday at his Jacksonville residence. His arraignment and detention hearing is scheduled for April 17, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel B. Toomey.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the former Child Predator Cybercrime Unit of the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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 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 http://www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “Resources.”

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Florida | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marty Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact with a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 03, 2012
  • District of South Dakota (605) 330-4400

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Marty, South Dakota man charged with sexual contact with a minor was sentenced on April 2, 2012 by Chief U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Donavan Rouse, age 27, was sentenced to eight months in custody to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Rouse was indicted for abusive sexual contact and sexual contact with a minor by a federal grand jury on October 4, 2011. The incident took place at Marty, South Dakota in August 2011. He pled guilty to sexual contact with a minor on January 13, 2012.

This case was investigated by BIA Law Enforcement Services-Yankton Agency and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright prosecuted the case.

Rouse was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

April 5, 2012 Posted by | South Dakota | , | Leave a comment

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 04, 2012
  • Western District of New York (716) 843-5700

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Douglas Bedient, 45, of Rochester, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa, to two felony charges, namely the receipt/distribution and possession of child pornography. Receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison. The possession of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison. The defendant may also be sentenced to a fine of $250,000 on each charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that the defendant came to the attention of law enforcement during an undercover investigation into online trading of child pornography. The defendant pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing images of child pornography in May 2009 and to possessing images of child pornography in December 2011. This is the second child pornography conviction for the defendant, who was convicted of possessing child pornography in 1999 in United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher Piehota; members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn; and members of the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Sheppard.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 24, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. EDT in Rochester, New York in front of Judge Siragusa.

April 5, 2012 Posted by | Distributing of Child Pornography, New Yoek, Possessing Child Pornography | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tucson Man Sentenced to Eight Years on Child Pornography Charge

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 04, 2012
  • District of Arizona (602) 514-7500

TUCSON—On April 2, 2012, Michael Lee Dixon, 44, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 97 months’ imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. Dixon pleaded guilty on December 9, 2010 to possession of child pornography.

According to the plea agreement, the execution of a search warrant at Dixon’s residence on March 11, 2009 resulted in the seizure of two computer towers, a hard drive, and several items of digital storage media, all of which belonged to Dixon. A subsequent forensic evaluation revealed that the seized items contained over 100 still images and over 30 video files of child pornography. Further investigation revealed that the defendant had previously subscribed to child pornography websites.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The prosecution is being handled by Angela Woolridge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.

April 5, 2012 Posted by | Arizona | , , , , | Leave a comment

Houston Man Lands in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 04, 2012
  • Southern District of Texas (713) 567-9000

HOUSTON—Brandon Rashaud Furlough, 29, has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Furlough pleaded guilty to the charge January 12, 2012.

Today, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison handed down the sentence and further ordered him to serve a term of life on supervised release following completion of that prison term.

At the time of his guilty plea, Furlough conceded that in February and March 2010, undercover FBI agents connected to the Internet and signed on to a peer-to-peer file sharing program and, on two occasions, were able to download images of child pornography. The downloads were traced to Furlough’s computer at his residence in Houston.

On April 9, 2010, a federal search warrant was executed at Furlough’s residence, at which time he was interviewed and admitted to possession of child pornography utilizing multiple computers located within the residence. Furlough told agents that he last looked at child pornography two days prior, on April 7. Several computers, thumb drives, and CD/DVDs were seized, and a total of 5,900 child pornography images and/or movies were found on three computers.

Furlough was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe and investigated by the FBI, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

April 5, 2012 Posted by | Possessing Child Pornography, Texas | , , | Leave a comment

Lyons Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

U.S. Attorney’s Office March 26, 2012
  • Western District of New York (716) 843-5700

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Mervyn Woodville, 58, of Lyons, New York, who was convicted of possessing child pornography, was sentenced to time served (13 months) by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that the defendant downloaded images of child pornography onto a publicly accessible computer at the Community Action in Self Help Inc. (“CASH”) lab in Lyons, New York. As part of his sentence, the defendant will be released into the custody of immigration authorities, after which he may be deported to England, the country of his birth.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.

April 1, 2012 Posted by | New Yoek | , , , | Leave a comment

St. Francis Man Arraigned on Charge of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

St. Francis Man Arraigned on Charge of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s Office March 29, 2012
  • District of South Dakota (605) 330-4400

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual abuse of a minor.

Ennors Abraham Quick Bear, age 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2012. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 28, 2012 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years’ custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The charge is merely an accusation, and Quick Bear is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher. Quick Bear was released on house arrest.

April 1, 2012 Posted by | South Dakota | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rabbi from Argentina faces child porn charge in NJ

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a rabbi from Argentina on child pornography charges.

Passaic County sheriff’s detectives arrested 50-year-old Rabbi Gabriel Toledo at a kosher food distribution company in Moonachie on Thursday.

The Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/HxpE5R ) Sheriff Richard Berdnik issued a statement saying the rabbi was in possession of more than 1,000 images.

Toledo does not lead a local congregation and is in the U.S. on a visa. He’s been living in Passaic.

Authorities say his roommate, 22-year-old Joseph Vasquez, fled from detectives. He’s wanted as a fugitive child pornography charges.

The sheriff’s office says Vasquez is from Honduras and is in the United States illegally.

It’s not clear if the rabbi has hired a lawyer.

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Information from: The Record, http://www.northjersey.com

 

March 30, 2012 Posted by | Possessing Child Pornography | , , , | Leave a comment

Department of Education Employee, Former Navy Sailor Both Sentenced for Involvement with Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 21, 2012
  • Northern District of Georgia(404) 581-6000

ATLANTA—JOSEPH BUTLER, 66, of Clarkston, Georgia, and SPENCER DUNCAN, 23, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, were sentenced this week in unrelated cases for their involvement in the child pornography trade. BUTLER, a career employee at the U.S. Department of Education, was sentenced to 10 years for collecting child pornography using his government computer. DUNCAN, a former Navy seaman, was sentenced to six years, six months for distributing child pornography to an undercover agent.

“These two cases illustrate the important point that consumers and purveyors of child pornography can be found everywhere. Both defendants had worked in service to our country and yet were collecting or distributing photographs of children being sexually abused,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

BUTLER was sentenced today by United States District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. to 10 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

DUNCAN was sentenced on March 20, 2012 by United States District Judge Julie E. Carnes to six years, six months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

BUTLER and DUNCAN pleaded guilty in December 2011.

According to United States Attorney Yates and information presented in the public record: BUTLER, a career employee with the Department of Education, used his work computer to download child pornography from the Internet onto CD-ROMs, which he then took home. In July 2011, federal agents executed a search warrant at BUTLER’s home, where they found the CD-ROMs of child pornography along with boxes full of children’s clothes and toys and a collection of self-authored stories that described in graphic detail young children having sex with adults and animals.

DUNCAN, a former Navy seaman, was caught when an undercover FBI agent was able to download sexually explicit images of minors from DUNCAN’s computer. DUNCAN had created an account on a peer-to-peer file sharing network and made his collection of child pornography available to others. The FBI found thousands of such images and dozens of videos on DUNCAN’s computer when they executed a search warrant at his house.

Both BUTLER and DUNCAN will be required to register as sex offenders in whatever community they reside upon release from federal prison.

This case is being prosecuted as a priority of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

BUTLER’s case was investigated by specia agents of the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General. DUNCAN’s case was investigated by special agents of the FBI.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert C. McBurney prosecuted the case.

March 25, 2012 Posted by | Georgia | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Georgia Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

U.S. Department of JusticeMarch 21, 2012
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202)514-1888

WASHINGTON—An Atlanta man was sentenced today to 17 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for sex trafficking of a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates.

Marcelo Alejo Desautu, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Orinda D. Evans in Atlanta. He pleaded guilty to the charge on January 10, 2012.

“Mr. Desautu gave drugs and alcohol to a 12-year-old girl and then prostituted her to adult men,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “He will now, appropriately, spend the next 17 years of his life paying for his horrific crimes. While no prison sentence can repair the harm caused by such appalling conduct, today’s sentence sends a strong message that we will pursue child sex traffickers to the fullest extent of the law.”

“This defendant earned a substantial sentence in federal prison when he drugged and sexually exploited a 12-year-old girl, forever altering the course of her life,” said U.S. Attorney Yates. “It is unfathomable that there is even a market for the sale of such a young child for sex. This lengthy sentence should deter others who would consider engaging in similar heinous acts.”

According to court documents and proceedings, between December 2007 and March 2008, Desautu agreed to care for a 12-year-old girl. Desautu instead gave the girl alcohol and drugs and then arranged for her to engage in sex acts with adult males for money. Desautu took the money the men paid to the young victim and used it to buy drugs for himself and the victim. Desautu also had sex with the young girl. One of the men who paid to have sex with the 12-year-old was Gwinnett County businessman Peter Privateer. Privateer has been charged in both Cobb and Gwinnett Counties, in Georgia, and has entered a guilty plea in Cobb County.

This case was investigated by the Cobb County Police Department and the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Steinberg of the Northern District of Georgia and Trial Attorney Andrew McCormack of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

March 25, 2012 Posted by | Sex trafficking of a child | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cruise Ship Employee Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 22, 2012
  • District of Maryland(410) 209-4800

BALTIMORE—Fabian Palmer, age 25, a Jamaican national employed on a cruise ship, pleaded guilty today to sexual abuse of a minor while on board the ship.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Major Michael Kundrat, Senior Commander of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Major Michael Kundrat, Senior Commander of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; and Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld, III of the Baltimore City Police Department.

“There must be appropriate punishment for crimes committed aboard cruise ships,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “People who abuse United States citizens on the high seas are subject to prosecution under federal law.”

According to the plea agreement, Palmer was employed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Inc. and was assigned to the Enchantment of the Seas. His duties included maintaining the pool areas on the vessel, and in that capacity, he interacted with cruise passengers on a regular basis. The victim and her family boarded the vessel in Baltimore, Maryland on December 17, 2011 to begin a one-week cruise. During that week, Palmer befriended the victim and spoke with her often. They also exchanged handwritten notes. As the cruise neared its end, Palmer invited the victim to meet him late in the evening at the gymnasium and spa area of the vessel. He took the victim into the male locker room and then into the bathroom. There, Palmer and the victim engaged in a sexual act on the floor of the bathroom. The victim was 14 years old at the time, and this conduct occurred within the special maritime jurisdiction of the United States.

As part of his plea agreement, Palmer must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Palmer faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor. U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg has scheduled sentencing for June 29, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

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 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 http://www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. U.S. Attorney Rosenstein also recognized the Royal Caribbean security officers who brought this matter to the attention of law enforcement and assisted in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Warwick, who prosecuted the case.

March 25, 2012 Posted by | Jamaican national, Maryland, sexual exploitation of children | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Federal Indictment Charges Defendants with Sex Trafficking of a Child and Witness Tampering

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 21, 2012
  • District of Oregon(503) 727-1000

PORTLAND, OR—Lead defendant Chris Cool Wilmer, 28, of Tacoma, Washington, made his initial appearance today in federal court on an indictment charging him with four counts of sex trafficking, including sex trafficking of a child, coercion and enticement of a minor, transportation of a minor for prostitution, and a violation of the Mann Act for transporting an adult for prostitution. According to prosecutors, Wilmer is a career offender with a violent history. The federal magistrate detained Wilmer as both a danger to the community and a risk of flight.

Wilmer’s niece, Latanisha “Tay” Booker, 20, of Portland, Oregon, appeared in court last week on the same indictment in which the federal grand jury charged her with transportation of a minor for prostitution, witness tampering, and retaliating against a witness. Booker’s alleged acts of tampering and retaliating were against the victim of human trafficking described in count four of the indictment. Based on the sex trafficking charge and her alleged conduct in assaulting a federal witness in this case, Booker was detained as a danger to the community and a risk of flight.

“My office takes very seriously any threat to witnesses, especially those who alert police and bring to light crimes taking place in the dark underworld of sex trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force and detectives with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). According to the now unsealed indictment, the sex trafficking took place recently in January and February 2012. PPB detectives arrested Booker on March 6, 2012, and Wilmer was arrested by authorities in Tacoma one week later on March 12, 2012.

“These arrests are the result of the excellent police work by the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force working in conjunction with local law enforcement officers in Portland and Tacoma. This teamwork is essential to catching predators who recruit children and sell them as sexual slaves.”

Upon conviction for transporting a minor for prostitution, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah K. Bolstad.

March 25, 2012 Posted by | Oregon, Sex trafficking of a child, sexual exploitation of children, Trafficking of a Child(ren), Transportation of Child Pornography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slidell Man Charged with Receipt of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 19, 2012
  • Eastern District of Louisiana(504) 680-3000

NEW ORLEANS—QUENTIN KITTEL, age 22, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, was charged in a two-count bill of information today for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the bill of information, KITTEL knowingly received digital images depicting the sexual exploitation of two minors, a 16-year-old female and a 12-year-old female, between November 2009 and October 2011. If convicted, KITTEL faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment for each count, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He can also be required to register as a sex offender.

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 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 http://www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

U.S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Ginsberg.

March 25, 2012 Posted by | Louisiana, sexual exploitation of children | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jacksonville Man Indicted on Federal Charges Involving Extortion and Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 23, 2012
  • Middle District of Florida(904) 301-6300

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced that Joshua Jay Williamson (24, Jacksonville), made his initial appearance in federal court today in Jacksonville after having been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making extortionate communications over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography. For each of the extortion counts, Williamson faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. On the child pornography possession count, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Williamson will be arraigned in federal court, in Jacksonville, before United States Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson on March 30, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, the Franklin Police Department (Tennessee), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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 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 http://www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

March 24, 2012 Posted by | Florida, Possessing Child Pornography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Former Hagerstown Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting a Minor to Produce Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 23, 2012
  • District of Maryland(410) 209-4800

BALTIMORE—Roger Allen Repp, III, age 45, formerly of Hagerstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong, Jr.

According to Repp’s plea agreement, Repp produced sexually explicit and lascivious photographs of a teen-aged girl under the age of 16 via a pinhole camera he set up in the girl’s bedroom and bathroom without her knowledge. Repp admits that he distributed those images to other pedophiles via a file sharing program over the Internet in return for other child pornography being sent to him. Repp’s conduct was discovered during an undercover investigation of file sharing activities on the Internet, when on March 11 and March 16, 2011, respectively, two separate undercover investigators downloaded images and videos of child pornography from Repp’s collection via a file sharing program.

As a result of the undercover investigation, a search warrant was executed at Repp’s residence on April 22, 2011 by members of the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit. Law enforcement seized two laptop computers, an external hard drive, and digital media. A subsequent forensic examination of the external hard drive revealed numerous files of child pornography, including 125 video files depicting the victim that were surreptitiously filmed by Repp. There were also several chat logs between Repp and others where he offered to share files of the victim and chats where Repp is looking for other individuals to share files with him.

As part of his plea agreement, Repp must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Repp faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2012 at 9:15 a.m.

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 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 http://www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Maryland State Polie, and Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.

March 24, 2012 Posted by | Maryland, Production of Child Pornography, sexual exploitation of children | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Billy Earl Underwood sentenced to nine years for hundreds of child porn images. mostly starring toddlers & many involving rape

A St. Tammany Parish man — caught with hundreds of videos and images of child pornography, mostly starring toddlers and many involving rape, bondage and sodomy — was ordered Tuesday to spend nine years in prison despite the prosecutor’s request for a 500-year sentence. Billy Earl Underwood, 39, of Mandeville, pleaded guilty in September to 50 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles, each count punishable by up to 10 years in prison, which would typically be ordered to run concurrently.

But at Underwood’s sentencing hearing on Friday, Assistant District Attorney Jack Hoffstadt described Underwood’s collection as a “horror show” and asked Judge Allison Penzato to impose the maximum sentence on each count and order that they run consecutively, for a total of five centuries in prison.

He called Monica Ford, a computer forensic examiner for the Attorney General’s Office who analyzed Underwood’s computer, to the stand and told the judge that to understand the depravity of Underwood’s crime, she had to see it for herself.

Bailiffs rolled in a television and positioned at an angle so that only the judge, attorneys and Ford could see the screen.

Ford walked Penzato through a sample of the 140 videos and 350 images of child pornography she found on Underwood’s computer. They included hog-tied toddlers, she said, babies being raped and sodomized, hundreds of children and few of them over the age of 10 years old.

After two videos, the first of a wailing baby, Penzato cut them off.

“Mr. Hoffstadt, I’ve seen enough,” she said, took her glassed off and leaned back in her chair. “I don’t need to see anymore.”

Ford testified that the videos and images were shared on peer-to-peer networks, often “traded just like baseball cards.” Underwood, she testified, had saved them onto his hard drive, a flash drive and on CDs. They were downloaded on different dates, at different times and involved different children, Hoffstadt emphasized.

He noted that real children were harmed in creating the movies and images that Underwood traded and downloaded — and that demand begets supply.

But defense attorney Julie Tizzard called psychologist Dr. William Janzen to testify to Underwood’s likelihood of ever actually molesting a child.

Janzen evaluated Underwood in jail, he told the court, and found that he was a low risk for abusing a child. He estimated the likelihood at 4 to 5 percent.

Penzato on Friday took the issue under study, and the court reconvened Tuesday morning.

She said she considered the number of images and that they involved very young and very vulnerable children, along with Underwood’s minor criminal record that included no sex offenses or crimes against children. She told Underwood that he needs treatment that is likely best obtained during incarceration and sentenced him to nine years in prison without the benefit of parole or suspended sentence on each count, to run concurrently, and imposed a $5,000 fine.

“I think it’s a very fair sentence, especially considering the DA was asking for 500 years,” Tizzard said after the hearing. She noted the national debate about sentencing in child porn cases — often centered around those convicted of possessing child pornography handed sentences harsher than others who actually molested them and that the availability of pornography on the Internet has created a group of criminals who would not otherwise be inclined to hurt children.

She believes the doctor’s testimony that Underwood would be unlikely to molest a child swayed the judge.

“We call them child predators, but we’re not doctors, we’re lawyers,” she said. “And the statistics and the studies say that is not usually the case.”

March 24, 2012 Posted by | Possessing Child Pornography | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Delaware Man Pleads Guilty to Transportation of Child Pornography

U.S. Department of JusticeMarch 16, 2012
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888

WASHINGTON—A New Castle, Delaware man pleaded guilty today to one count of transportation of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware, and Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the FBI’s Baltimore Division.

David Osborn, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews in the District of Delaware.

According to statements made at today’s hearing and documents filed in court, Osborn was identified by the FBI through reports of child pornography trafficking provided by AOL LLC to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Under federal law, Internet service providers, such as AOL, are required to report suspected child pornography being transmitted over their servers to NCMEC, which then directs these “cybertips” to the appropriate law enforcement agency. AOL reported that a particular online username, later linked to Osborn, had been used to trade images of child pornography with another computer user in South Florida.

On May 26, 2011, federal agents executed a search warrant at Osborn’s New Castle residence and arrested Osborn after finding more than 700 images of child pornography on his computer equipment. Law enforcement agents also searched Osborn’s e-mail account, which was found to contain numerous images of child pornography. Osborn’s child pornography collection included images of girls, ranging from prepubescence to mid-teenage, engaged in various sexual acts or posing lasciviously. Forensic data found on the equipment indicated that Osborn had been receiving and distributing images of child pornography for a number of years. Also found on Osborn’s computer equipment were more than 500 Internet chat logs between Osborn and others regarding child sexual exploitation.

According to information provided at court hearings, in the past, Osborn worked as a school bus driver, substitute teacher, and with the Newport, Delaware chapter of Job’s Daughters, a youth organization for girls.

At sentencing, Osborn faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Osborn also faces a term of supervised release following his prison sentence of five years to life, and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school. Osborn has been detained since his May 26, 2011 arrest.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. McAndrew of the District of Delaware and Trial Attorney Andrew McCormack of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

For more information about reporting online child exploitation to the national CyberTipline, visit the NCMEC’s website at: http://www.missingkids.com. For more information about the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood program, visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

March 20, 2012 Posted by | Delaware, Transportation of Child Pornography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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