Alleged Child Porn Distributor Charged in US

June 11, 2012

ABC News on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press

A Ukrainian man charged by federal authorities with running a worldwide child pornography distribution network has made his first appearance in a New Jersey courtroom.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Maksym Shynkarenko (max-SEEM’ shank-AH’-rank-oh) from Kharkov, Ukraine, founded and operated a Ukraine-based child pornography website that had customers around the world and has resulted in 560 convictions of customers in the U.S.

Shynkarenko was extradited from Thailand over the weekend to face a 32-charge indictment.

A federal judge in Newark on Monday ordered him to remain in custody pending his arraignment Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Shynkarenko, wearing green prison scrubs, close-cropped hair and glasses answered a judge’s questions in English that he did understand his rights.

He has been assigned a court-appointed attorney.”

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Former top FBI agent charged with alleged child porn distribution

May 16, 2012

CNN on May 15, 2012 released the following:

By Bill Mears

“(CNN) — A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet.

The 54-year-old resident of Carmel, Indiana, has pleaded not guilty and has a detention hearing in federal court Wednesday.

A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben’s laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

The arrest was a result a months-long probe, said the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Joseph Hogsett.

“The mission of our Project Safe Childhood initiative is to investigate and prosecute anyone found to (be) engaged in the sexual exploitation of children,” Hogsett said in a news release. “No matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior.”

Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school’s Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university’s website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned.

He had been an FBI special agent from 1983 to 2008, serving as a bomb technician. He worked on the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations, according to his university biography.

A separate LinkedIn profile filled out by Sachtleben says he is an “accomplished investigator with more than 25 years of experience in FBI major case management, counter terrorism investigations, bombing prevention, post blast investigations and public speaking.”

According to the criminal complaint, a federal-state joint task force had been investigating an Illinois man allegedly trading child porn images as far back as September 2010. That suspect was arrested in January, and a search of his computer reportedly led to Sachtleben, who was using the e-mail name pedodave69.

According to the affidavit, an e-mail from that account was sent to the Illinois suspect last fall, along with nine images of child porn. “Saw your profile on (a file sharing network). Hope you like these and can send me some of ours (sic). I have even better ones if you like.” Prosecutors say Sachtleben sent that e-mail.

Sachtleben’s wife was interviewed by agents during the execution of the search warrant and denied any involvement with child porn. She was not taken into custody.

FBI officials in Washington had no comment on the arrest.

If convicted, Sachtleben would face up to 20 years in prison on the charge of distribution of child porn, and an additional 10 years for possession.

The Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood initiative was launched in 2006, leading to what federal officials call a more than 40% increase in the number of cases investigated. The project’s website says 2,700 indictments were filed last year alone.
The case is U.S. v. Sachtleben (1:12-mj-316).”

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FBI Replaces bin Laden on Ten Most Wanted List

April 10, 2012
FBI Eric Justin Toth
Eric Justin Toth. Photo from FBI.gov

Chicago Tribune on April 10, 2012 released the following:

“Jeremy Pelofsky
Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A child pornography suspect has been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list to replace al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. forces last year.

Eric Justin Toth, 30, a former private school teacher, was indicted in 2008 in Maryland on one count related to producing child pornography, according to court records. Authorities found pornographic images on a camera in his possession, the FBI said.

Authorities are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Toth’s arrest.

There also is a sealed two-count complaint against Toth that has been filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., which charges him with possessing a video that includes an image of child pornography and transporting it across state lines, according to the FBI.

Toth may advertise himself on the Internet as a tutor or a male nanny and was believed to have lived in Arizona as recently as 2009. Prior to that he was believed to have been in Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, the FBI said.

If convicted on the charge in Maryland, Toth would face at least 15 years in prison and as many as 30 years.

The addition to the list comes almost a year after bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces. The FBI said putting Toth on the list was the culmination of a lengthy process including surveying its 56 field offices for candidates and approval by top FBI officials.

Toth is the 495th person to be on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. There is another vacancy on it due to the capture of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger last year.”

FBI Ten Most Wanted Eric Justin Toth

US v Eric Justin Toth – Federal Criminal Indictment

18 U.S.C. § 2251

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Special Agent James Charles Cafferty Indicted for Alleged Possession and Receipt of Child Pornography

October 21, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 21, 2011 released the following:

“TAMPA— United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that James Charles Cafferty (45, Largo) was indicted on October 19, 2011 for possession and receipt of child pornography. Cafferty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison on the charge involving the receipt of child pornography, and up to 10 years in federal prison on the possession of child pornography charge. At the time of his arrest, Cafferty was a special agent in Diplomatic Security with the Department of State.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the Largo Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Colleen Murphy Davis.

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

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James Byers Indicted by a Cedar Rapids Federal Grand Jury for Allegedly Distributing Child Pornography, Receiving Child Pornography, and Possessing a Computer Containing Child Pornography

October 19, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 18, 2011 released the following:

“Belle Plaine Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

James Byers, age 56, from Belle Plaine, Iowa, has been charged with three child pornography offenses. The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed October 11, 2011, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. The indictment alleges that, between May 2007 and February 2009, Byers knowingly distributed child pornography, received child pornography, and possessed a computer containing child pornography.

If convicted, Byers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 50 years’ imprisonment, $750,000 in fines, $300 in special assessments, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Byers appeared on October 13, 2011, for a detention hearing in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Byers’ next appearance for trial is set for December 12, 2011.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Belle Plaine Police Department.

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 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 11-149.”

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Convicted Child Molester, Anthony W. Humphrey, Faces an Alleged Federal Charge of Possession of Child Pornography

October 17, 2011

Chicago Tribune on October 15, 2011 released the following:

“Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind.— A convicted child molester has been arrested after police and FBI agents raided his Muncie apartment and found child pornography.

A jail spokesman said 51-year-old Anthony W. Humphrey was being held in Marion County Jail on Saturday on a hold for U.S. marshals.

Humprhey was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis with a federal charge of possession of child pornography.

Court documents say agents and police who raided Humphrey’s apartment Wednesday while he was out found numerous computer images of children engaged in sex acts.

The documents say Humphrey was arrested later as he left a sex offender group counseling session.

The Star Press reports Humphrey was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2003 after he was convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old Delaware County boy.”

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Yong Wang Indicted by a Manhattan Federal Grand Jury for Child Pornography

August 23, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 22, 2011 released the following:

“Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Queens-Based Operator of 18 Chinese Language Child Pornography Websites

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the filing of an indictment charging YONG WANG for operating at least 18 Chinese language websites containing child pornography out of his home in Flushing, New York. WANG, who has allegedly operated the websites since at least 2007, made hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling website “memberships” to individuals who paid to view, access, post, and download graphic images of child pornography. All of the websites were in Chinese and advertised to Chinese-speaking individuals in China, the United States, and elsewhere. WANG, 26, was arrested by the FBI at his residence in Queens on June 23, 2011.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: “Yong Wang allegedly exploited the global reach of the Internet to develop an international customer base for child pornography. Purveyors of child pornography victimize the most innocent and vulnerable among us, potentially scarring them for life. As today’s Indictment demonstrates, we are committed to shutting down child pornography websites and working with our law enforcement partners across the globe to prosecute and punish those responsible.”

FBI Assistant Director in Charge JANICE K. FEDARCYK stated: “The charges against Mr. Wang stem from a nine-month undercover FBI operation, dedicated to protecting the most innocent members of our society–-children. The crimes alleged include operating 18 websites where ‘members’ could pay for child pornography. Mr. Wang not only profited from these websites, but he also created a system for its members to post innocent images, perpetuating the abuse of children.”

According to the indictment returned today in Manhattan federal court and a complaint filed on June 20, 2011:

On the child pornography websites, which WANG maintained and operated out of his apartment, members could access numerous links to an extensive child pornography collection that included images and videos of children exposing their genitals, engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adults, and in sadistic or masochistic depictions. To access the websites, individuals had to purchase a “VIP membership” or accumulate a certain number of points. WANG charged customers $25 for a quarterly membership or $100 for a lifetime membership.

Undercover FBI agents registered for a VIP membership with WANG and gained access to one of the websites, which was titled (in Chinese) “Empire of the Young and Innocent Fragrances.” On the website, users were directed to different forums with links that were titled with descriptive names, such as “Young Young Empire,” “Young Girl Beauty Photos Military Region,” “Young Boy Movie Zone,” and “Exclusive Quality Young Girl Photos Set.” After WANG’s arrest, the FBI identified 17 additional websites maintained and operated by WANG containing child pornography, all in Chinese. In conjunction with his arrest, the FBI also seized two servers in Texas through which the websites and the related online payment processes operated. The websites have been dismantled.

WANG is a permanent resident of the United States who was born in China. He is charged with one count of advertising in connection with the sexual exploitation of children (count one), one count of distributing child pornography (count two), and one count of reproducing child pornography for distribution (count three). On count one, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. On counts two and three, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count.

Mr. BHARARA praised the FBI in New York for its outstanding work in investigating this case. He also thanked the Chinese Ministry of Public Security for their extensive cooperation and assistance.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney ROSEMARY NIDIRY is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

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