Federal Child Pornography Charges Against Vt. Teacher Are Dropped; No Evidence He Knew Images Were on Computer

September 1, 2012

The Republic on September 1, 2012 released the following:

“THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Federal child pornography charges against a former Vermont elementary school teacher have been dismissed, but his lawyer lamented that the man had already lost his job and reputation.

John Dockum, 34, had pleaded not guilty in February to state charges on five felony counts of possession of child pornography. The state dismissed its charges, allowing federal prosecutors to review the case. He was never formally indicted, and federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday to dismiss their case, according to the Bennington Banner (http://bit.ly/N5h5Es).

    A police deposition showed there’s no evidence Dockum knew he had child pornography images on his computer, which is a necessary component of criminal possession, said Dockum’s attorney, David Silver of Bennington.

He said Dockum had visited a website that placed the 17 images that led to the charges into his computer’s temporary Internet cache.

The Bennington School District fired Dockum in February. He had taught at Monument Elementary School since 2009.

Silver called the case “a tragedy,” adding that his client was a popular teacher and has lost his job and reputation.

“I don’t know how he gets that back,” he said.”

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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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Former School Security Officer Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

November 6, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on November 4, 2011 released the following:

“BIRMINGHAM— FBI agents today arrested a former Birmingham City Schools security officer and substitute bus driver for Shelby County Schools on child pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley.

A joint investigation by Birmingham Police and the FBI led to this morning’s arrest of MICHAEL WAYNE WOOTEN, 60, of Alabaster. Wooten was arrested in Bessemer. He is charged in a criminal complaint with receiving child pornography and with possessing a computer, computer disk, and other material containing child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert R. Armstrong Jr. detained Wooten following an initial court appearance this morning. Armstrong scheduled a detention hearing for Wooten at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

“Birmingham Police and the FBI worked diligently in this case to take someone who preys on children off the streets,” Vance said.

“This investigation uncovered sexually explicit photographs we believe were taken in a studio Wooten set up in a closed Birmingham school building,” Vance said. “Not all victims shown in the photographs have been identified, and the investigation continues. We ask that anyone who believes they may have any information related to this case please call the FBI, toll free, at 1-866-372-0209. The call will be returned,” Vance said.

According to an FBI affidavit supporting the arrest complaint, results of a forensic examination of Wooten’s computer were received by investigators in October and showed graphic pornographic images of at least five girls who appear to be under age 12. The pictures show the children involved in sexually explicit conduct, including images that depict Wooten engaging in actual or simulated sexual intercourse, according to the affidavit.

The pictures appear to have been taken in the office of Dupuy Elementary, a closed school building in the Birmingham City School System, according to the affidavit. Wooten worked as a security officer for Birmingham City Schools from July 1997 until May 2011. In that capacity, he did not have unsupervised access to students, according to Birmingham Schools spokeswoman Michaelle Chapman.

A Shelby County Schools official said Wooten qualified for a bus-driving license with the system this year after passing all pre-employment requirements, including a criminal background review. Wooten has substituted on 21 days since school started Aug. 11, the official said.

Wooten told investigators in April 2010 that he shared the office at Dupuy Elementary School with another security guard. Wooten said he set up a studio at the office to photograph children in order to build his art portfolio. A Birmingham Police officer and an FBI agent searched the office in April 2010 after law enforcement was alerted that Wooten had taken a 9-year-old girl to the empty school and photographed her in several outfits, including sexually explicit costumes, the affidavit states.

In the search, the officers found five plastic bins containing girls’ clothing, including dresses, bathing suits, and thong underwear.

Only the 9-year-old girl has been identified and interviewed by law enforcement. Investigators hope to identify the other children in the photographs, and any other children who might be victims in the case.

Birmingham Police and the FBI investigated the case, with assistance from Birmingham City Schools’ security. Hoover and Alabaster police assisted in today’s arrest. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune.”

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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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Richard D. Crisman Arraigned on Federal Child Pornography Charges

September 9, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 8, 2011 released the following:

“Rio Rancho Man Arraigned on Federal Child Pornography Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Richard D. Crisman, 27, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was arraigned on a six-count indictment charging him with child pornography offenses. The indictment charges Crisman with three counts of receipt of a visual depiction of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and three counts of possession of a matter containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Crisman allegedly committed all six offenses in September 2010 in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

The maximum penalty for a conviction on each of the receipt offenses is imprisonment for not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a lifetime of supervised release. The maximum penalty for a conviction on each of the possession offenses is up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a lifetime of supervised release. If convicted of any count, Crisman also will be required to register as a sex offender. Crisman entered a not guilty plea to the indictment during this morning’s proceedings, and was detained pending trial based on findings that he poses a danger to the community and a risk of flight.

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Crisman was arrested as part of Operation Predator. Operation Predator was an investigative effort by state and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file-sharing programs. Twenty-two search warrants were executed and eight defendants were arrested in late September 2010 as a result of Operation Predator.

Crisman was arrested in September 2010 on state charges filed by the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial District of the State of New Mexico, Sandoval County. The federal indictment charging Crisman was filed under seal on August 23, 2011, and was unsealed on September 7, 2011 after Crisman was arrested on the federal charges.

The case against Crisman was investigated by the Rio Rancho Police Department, the New Mexico State Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial District. The case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlyn E. Rees, 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 U.S. 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case also was brought as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force whose mission it is to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers in New Mexico. There are 61 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies associated with the Task Force, which is funded by a grant administered by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators and suspected child abuse is encouraged to contact federal or local law enforcement.

Charges in indictments are only accusations. All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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Zacchaeus Andrew Crawford Indicted by a Jacksonville Federal Grand Jury on Federal Child Pornography Charges

August 19, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 19, 2011 released the following:

“Jacksonville Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

JACKSONVILLE, FL— United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced today that Zacchaeus Andrew Crawford (25, Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Jacksonville on child pornography charges. Crawford is charged with receipt, transportation, and possession of child pornography. On each of the receipt and transportation counts, Crawford faces at least five years and up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. On the possession count, Crawford faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Crawford was arrested and had his initial appearance in federal court today. His arraignment and detention hearing will be held in federal court in Jacksonville before United States Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson on August 24, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Until that time, Crawford remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville and Phoenix, Arizona. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

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.

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.”

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Richard Hendricks a Former Connecticut Teacher Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Alleged Child Pornography Charges

June 28, 2011

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 28, 2011 released the following:

“NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Monday charging a 31-year-old Ashford man with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Richard Hendricks, a former computer teacher at the East Hampton Middle School, was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Connecticut State Police, and the East Hampton Police Department.

The indictment alleges that at least between May 10 and May 19, 2010, Hendricks used the Internet to receive images and videos of child pornography. The indictment further alleges that on June 6, 2011, he possessed images and videos of child pornography.

If convicted of possessing child pornography, Hendricks faces a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the possession charge. On the receipt charge, he faces a mandatory minimum jail term of five years, a maximum term of 20 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. Hendricks has been detained since his arrest by ICE HSI agents on June 9, 2011.

David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The U.S. Probation Office and Connecticut State Police assisted ICE HSI in the investigation of this case which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater, District of Connecticut.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.”

To find additional federal criminal news, please read The Federal Crimes Watch Daily.

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