Bobby Cruz Charged in an Eight-Count Federal Indictment Wednesday by a Federal Grand Jury in the Northern District of Illinois Alleging that he was Producing Child Pornography, Crossed State Lines to Engage in a Sexual Act with a Minor, Transporting Child Pornography, and Possessing Child Pornography

December 2, 2011
Bobby Cruz

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on December 1, 2011 released the following:

“Chicago-area man indicted for allegedly manufacturing child pornography, crossing state lines for sex with minor

CHICAGO – A local man who was arrested last month for allegedly transporting child pornography via computer, was indicted on new charges alleging that he manufactured child pornography involving at least three minor victims. The indictment was announced by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Gary J. Hartwig, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago.

Bobby Cruz, 32, of Des Plaines, Ill., was charged in an eight-count indictment Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois. Cruz was charged with four counts of producing child pornography by enticing minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct, one count of crossing state lines to engage in a sexual act with a minor under 12, two counts of transporting child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

Cruz was ordered to remain in federal custody without bond after his Nov. 1 arrest. He was initially charged with a single count of transporting child pornography after federal agents allegedly discovered illegal images on his home computer. A subsequent investigation, which resulted in the discovery of additional child victims, resulted in the new charges alleging molestation and production of child pornography.

While announcing the indictment, law enforcement officials provided the media with a photograph of Cruz in an effort to solicit information from the public pertaining to any suspicious contact that Cruz might have had with any unknown minor victims. Anyone with such information is encouraged to contact ICE HSI Special Agent Jennifer Sapper at 630-574-4941.

The Des Plaines Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

According to the four manufacturing counts, Cruz allegedly produced child pornography involving at three least minor victims between September 2007 and June 2009 in Des Plaines, Ill. and between March 2008 and June 2009 in Morris, Ill. The charges allege that in each of the four instances, Cruz persuaded, induced, and enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. On Oct. 22, 2010, Cruz allegedly crossed state lines to molest a minor less than 12 years of age.

The remaining counts allege that Cruz transmitted and possessed child pornography between September and November 2011. The initial complaint against Cruz alleged that on Sept. 14 he sent an email to an undercover ICE agent with an attached zip file containing about 100 images of child pornography. The investigation began when agents learned that the same email account, allegedly identified later as belonging to Cruz, was used to trade hundreds of child pornography images with an unnamed individual in December 2010. ICE agents subsequently linked the email account to Cruz’s residence. On Nov. 1, agents executed a search warrant and seized a laptop computer, an external hard-drive, and other items allegedly containing numerous images and videos of alleged child pornography. The indictment seeks forfeiture of the computer equipment and other seized items.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennie Levin, Northern District of Illinois, is prosecuting this case.

Crossing state lines to engage in a sexual act with a minor under 12 carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison. Each of the four counts of manufacturing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison. Transporting child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count; and possessing child pornography carries a 10-year maximum prison term. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is 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.”

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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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Prosecutors file more charges in ‘sextortion’ case

September 14, 2011

The Associated Press (AP) on September 14, 2011 released the following:

“By CHARLES WILSON
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Maryland man charged with extorting an Indiana teen into sexual favors victimized other teens after he was released on bond, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Court documents in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis said 20-year-old Trevor Shea has agreed to plead guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of children stemming from both cases.

The documents say Shea coerced girls in Florida, Kansas and Maryland into various acts after his release on bond following his initial indictment in June 2010. Shea had agreed not to use a computer as a term of release.

Shea could face 15 to 30 years in prison on each of the seven counts against him under terms of a proposed plea agreement, and up to 30 years more for violating the terms of his pre-trial release.

The 10 victims ranged in age from 13 to 16, according to the documents, which describe the videos and photos as child pornography.

Shea’s attorney, Michael Donahoe, declined to comment on the case.

The case is an example of a growing crime that federal prosecutors have nicknamed “sextortion,” in which Internet predators catch victims in embarrassing situations online and threaten to expose them unless they create sexually explicit photos or videos for them.

Shea’s case began in September 2009, when police received a report that a 16-year-old girl from Brownsburg, Ind., was being stalked over the Internet. The girl and two of her friends had visited a chatroom and flashed their breasts over a webcam. A week later, a stranger contacted the girl and said he had captured her image on the webcam and would post the pictures to her MySpace friends unless she posed for more explicit pictures and videos for him, the documents said.

The girl complied for a while, but finally balked, and the stranger briefly took control of her MySpace page and threatened to expose her. Investigators traced the online threats to Shea and raided his Mechanicsburg, Md., home in March 2010, and eventually found videos of five more girls on Shea’s computer, the documents said.

After appearing in court in June 2010, Shea was released on bond and ordered not to use a computer or the Internet. But in November, police in Pace, Fla., received a report that a 16-year-old girl was being blackmailed over the Internet. Documents say a person later found to be Shea contacted the girl and asked if the person who had blackmailed her previously had been caught, then told her to guess who was back. Shea allegedly coerced the girl into posing for several nude videos before she contacted police.

Authorities traced the threats to Shea’s residence, where they arrested him and seized his computer on Dec. 22. Investigators who examined the computer also found videos of three additional girls, one from Maryland and two from Kansas, engaged in sexually explicit acts that were later found to have been made while Shea was on pre-trial release. That led to the new charges.

The proposed plea agreement does not include any agreed-upon recommended sentence. Both sides will argue for what they deem to be an appropriate sentence at a hearing to be scheduled later.”

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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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Dirk LaPaglia Charged in a Federal Criminal Complaint with Allegedly Possessing Child Pornography

September 1, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on September 1, 2011 released the following:

“Alpharetta Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin announces the following arrest at Atlanta, Georgia:

Dirk LaPaglia, age 53, of Alpharetta, Georgia, surrendered to the FBI today at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building after being charged yesterday, August 31, 2011, with possession of child pornography. In the charging federal criminal complaint, LaPaglia is alleged to have taken photographs of over two dozen minor children and superimposed their facial images over pornographic images, creating hundreds of such images. LaPaglia (pronounced Lapolia) accessed/photographed these minor children while serving as the photographer for several area neighborhood functions.

This matter was initiated by Johns Creek authorities investigating a stalking matter wherein neighborhood residents, to include at least one minor, were being sent suggestive packages with equally suggestive but anonymous letters. On April 15, 2011, LaPaglia was identified and charged with Stalking by Johns Creek/Fulton County authorities in that matter.

LaPaglia will have his initial appearance in Atlanta today at 1:30 p.m. in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III.

Anyone with further information on the above matter should contact the FBI at tel. (404) 679-9000.

The public should be reminded that the above are mere allegations and that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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David Michael McElmurry Convicted by a San Diego Federal Jury of Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography

August 29, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 26, 2011 released the following:

“United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that David Michael McElmurry was convicted today after a three-day jury trial before United States District Court Judge John A. Houston. A federal jury returned verdicts convicting McElmurry of one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. McElmurry faces a fifteen-year mandatory-minimum sentence.

According to evidence presented at trial, McElmurry used the screen name “Teentrade” on a file-sharing program where he had over 41,000 files of child pornography available for sharing. Among his collection were children as young as infants involved in sexual conduct with adults and other children. The jury also heard testimony about his previous law enforcement contact from 2006, when he stated he was addicted to child pornography, had been viewing it since he was 15 years old, used encryption and traded files online.

The Court scheduled a sentencing hearing on November 28, 2011, at 8:30 a.m.

Case Number: 10CR5096-H

DEFENDANT
David Michael McElmurry

SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B) (Possession of Images of Minors engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct)
Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2) (Distribution of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct)

Minimum penalty: 15 years’ imprisonment.
Maximum penalties: 40 years’ imprisonment.
Supervised Release: 5 years – Life.
Mandatory Registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

AGENCY
Federal Bureau of Investigation”

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Christopher Kice Charged by a Criminal Complaint With Allegedly Possessing Child Pornography

August 26, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 25, 2011 released the following:

“Shorewood Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

A southwest suburban man was arrested earlier this week at his Shorewood residence and was charged with possession of child pornography. The arrest was announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

CHRISTOPHER KICE, age 41, of the 1100 block of Callaway Drive West, was arrested Monday night, without incident, by Special Agents assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF). KICE was charged in a criminal complaint filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Possession of Child Pornography, which is a felony offense.

According to the complaint, investigators were first alerted to KICE’s possible involvement in the collection of child pornography by his employer, an unnamed Chicago area law firm where KICE was employed in the Information Technology Department. When co-workers noticed that numerous large files with suspicious sounding names, such as “kiddie” and “pre-teen”, had been downloaded on a company computer then transferred to removable storage devices, they notified the IITF.

Initial investigation by IITF personnel developed probable cause to conduct a search of KICE’s residence, which took place on March17th of this year, pursuant to a Federal search warrant. During the search, several computer hard drives and other digital storage devices were seized. A preliminary forensic review of the digital devices recovered during the search discovered numerous images and videos of what appeared to be child pornography.

A subsequent forensic examination conducted by the Chicago Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) discovered alleged pornographic images on one of the computer hard drives of what appeared to be a minor female child. Investigators recognized the background on these images, indicating that they might have been taken inside KICE’s residence. This discovery led investigators to arrest KICE that same evening.

KICE appeared before Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez in Chicago on Tuesday, at which time he was formally charged. KICE was ordered held without bond, pending his next court appearance, which is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) at 2:00 PM before Judge Valdez. Until then, KICE will be held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago. If convicted of the charge filed against him, KICE faces a possible sentence of up to ten (10) year’s incarceration.

A photograph of KICE accompanies this release. Anyone recognizing him or having any information which might be relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.

The FBI’s Innocent Images initiative was established in 1996 and is part of a nationwide effort to combat the manufacture, distribution and possession of child pornography. At present, there are 43 separate Innocent Images task forces in various FBI offices around the country, which are investigating similar cases.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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Former Sheriff Deputy Christopher Thomas Davis Arrested for Allegedly Producing Child Pornography

August 26, 2011

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 25, 2011 released the following:

“Former Georgia sheriff deputy arrested for production of child pornography involving a 7-year-old

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A former White County, Ga., sheriff’s deputy was arrested for producing child pornography Thursday morning, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In May 2009, Christopher Thomas Davis, 32, of Dahlonega, Ga., took photographs of a 7-year-old female engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Photographs of the minor were taken inside of Davis’ home in Dahlonega. At that time, and at the time of his arrest, Davis was employed as a sheriff’s deputy with the White County Sheriff’s Office. Davis has since been terminated from his law enforcement position.

“ICE HSI will aggressively use its broad investigative authorities to identify and arrest any individual who seeks to sexually exploit children in this manner,” said Brock Nicholson, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Atlanta. “This case is especially disappointing given the defendant held a position of public trust.”

The investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Jill E. Steinberg is prosecuting the case. Davis’ detention hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.”

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