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.

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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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Agustin Rodriguez Rodriguez Indicted by a San Juan Federal Grand Jury in 115-counts of Child Pornography

August 24, 2011

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 24, 2011 released the following:

“Puerto Rican man charged on 115 counts for production of child pornography

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A federal grand jury returned a 115-count indictment on Friday charging a Ponce, Puerto Rico, resident with production of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF).

On Aug. 9, agents from the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), a member of PRCACTF, arrested Agustin Rodriguez Rodriguez, 34, on charges of sexual abuse against a minor and immediately referred the case to ICE HSI for further investigation into the images and videos depicting the suspected abuse.

The ICE HSI investigation led to the 115-count indictment charging Rodriguez of using, persuading, enticing, and coercing three female minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct, including the lascivious exhibition of the genital areas, for the purpose of producing still images and videos.

The indictment is summarized as follows:

  • Counts 1 through 90 – production of child pornography using Jane Doe one
  • Counts 91 through 107 – production of child pornography using Jane Doe two
  • Counts 108 through 114 – attempted production of child pornography using Jane Doe three
  • Count 115 – possession of child pornography

“ICE HSI is working closely with local law enforcement to target individuals who are engaging in child pornography crimes and those who, in any way, exploit our children,” said Roberto Escobar Vargas, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in San Juan. “ICE will continue to work closely with its law enforcement and other partners in the recently created Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force to target those who produce, transport or possess child pornography to see that they are brought to justice.”

This case stands as one of the largest production of child pornography cases in the District of Puerto Rico.

Through the ICE HSI-led PRCACTF, federal, local and state law enforcement agencies work together with state and local government agencies, to effectively pool their resources to jointly investigate crimes against children in Puerto Rico. Through the task force, law enforcement agents are encouraged to share evidence, ideas, and investigative and forensic tools to ensure the most successful prosecutions possible. As such, the PRCACTF allows law enforcement to speak with one unified voice in defense of the children of Puerto Rico. The task force is composed of ICE HSI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshal Service, PRPD, San Juan Police Department, Puerto Rico Forensic Science Institute, and the Puerto Rico Departments of Justice, Education, Consumer Affairs, Family, and Treasury.

This case is also part of Operation Predator, an ICE-led 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. Individuals with information about suspected child predators are encouraged to call 1 866 DHS 2-ICE. For more information, visit http://www.ice.gov.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison per count and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years per count.”

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ICE Arrests Ricardo Del Valle-Diaz for Producing Child Pornography and Sexually Enticing a Minor

June 17, 2011

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) on June 16, 2011 released the following press release:

“SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A local school bus driver was arrested on Wednesday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for producing child pornography and sexually enticing a minor.

Ricardo Del Valle-Diaz, 33, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, is a school bus driver for special education students.

“The increase in the number of cases involving child pornography and sexual enticement in our jurisdiction is alarming,” said Roberto Escobar Vargas, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in San Juan. “Those involved in this despicable crime should know that ICE HSI will pursue them, and we will not rest until they are brought to justice.”

On June 10, an ICE HSI special agent received a complaint from the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Sexual Crimes Division in Caguas stating that Del Valle-Díaz had video and audio recording of a special education student engaged in a sexually explicit conduct while on the school bus.

Del Valle-Díaz was charged in a criminal complaint for using, persuading, enticing, and coercing a girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct, specifically lascivious exhibition of the genital areas and performing sexual acts. Valle-Díaz allegedly promoted this behavior so he could produce a video image using the camera of his computer which had been mailed, shipped or transported in interstate commerce.

“Our children, who are the most vulnerable and innocent victims in our society, deserve every measure of protection we can give them,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “A child sexual predator will be held accountable for the unspeakable crimes he committed.” Project Safe Childhood is an initiative of the Department of Justice aimed at preventing the abuse and exploitation of children by use of the Internet and other mediums.

If convicted, Del Valle-Diaz faces a minimum 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. He had his initial hearing June 16 before Magistrate Judge Marcos Lopez. He was then transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, awaiting the outcome of his case.

This investigation is part of Operation Predator, an ICE-led 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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Stephen Jabbour, a Licensed Texas Attorney and Former Democratic Chair, Sentenced to 14 years for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

June 10, 2011

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 9, 2011 released the following press release:

“CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A former Victoria County Democratic party chairman was sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno announced on Thursday. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Stephen Jabbour, 57, of Victoria, Texas, is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas with a practice in Victoria, Texas, who was also serving as the Democratic Party Chair at the time of his arrest in August 2010, but has since resigned. Jabbour was sentenced on June 9 by Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head to 170 months in federal prison without parole, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The court further ordered Jabbour to comply with additional conditions designed to protect children and the community. Jabbour must also register as a sex offender.

Jabbour pleaded guilty in January, admitting that between August and November 2008 he received child pornography via the internet and possessed child pornography in January 2010. This sentence includes a 170-month prison term for the conviction for receiving child pornography, and a 120-month imprisonment for the conviction for possessing child pornography. The court has ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

According to the evidence presented in the case at the re-arraignment, Jabbour’s collection of child pornography consisted of images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Immediately following his conviction in January, the court ordered Jabbour into federal custody without bond pending this sentencing.

During this hearing, government witnesses testified that Jabbour’s collection of child pornography is believed to have been the largest such collection seized in the Southern District of Texas, and one of the largest seized in the United States. Jabbour possessed more than 250,000 images and videos of child pornography, and another 400,000 to 500,000 images and videos of child erotica. Additionally, testimony also described Jabbour’s online “chatting” with other persons believed to be pedophiles and the exchanging of images and videos with them via the internet. In his online chats, Jabbour repeatedly declared his sexual interest in children 0-9 years old, stated he admired child kidnappers, and became sexually aroused when he heard of Amber alerts.

In deciding upon the sentence ultimately handed down, the court considered the need to protect the public from Jabbour and deter others from engaging in similar criminal activity. Jabbour will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

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.”

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