Army Master Sergeant Arrested by AFOSI and the FBI

May 31, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 30, 2012 released the following:

“TAMPA—On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, special agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and the FBI Innocent Images Task Force (IITF) arrested Army Master Sergeant Thomas Meyer, age 42, at his residence this morning without incident. A federal search warrant was also executed at Meyer’s residence today.

The law enforcement activity was the culmination of investigative efforts by the AFOSI; Largo Police Department; Kenton County Police Department, Kentucky; Pennsylvania State Police; United States Postal Inspection Service; and the FBI.

Meyer will be facing federal charges, including attempted production of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, and transfer of obscene material to an individual under the age of 16. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years in federal prison for the production charge; a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, up to 20 years in federal prison for the transportation charge; and up to 10 years in federal prison for the transfer of obscene matter charge.

The FBI’s IITF is an intelligence-driven, proactive investigative initiative that combats the proliferation of child pornography and child sexual exploitation facilitated by the Internet. The mission of the IITF is to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse facilitated through computers; to identify and rescue witting and unwitting child victims; and to investigate and prosecute sexual predators who use the Internet to sexually exploit children for personal and financial gain.

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

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William H. Noble Indicted by a Massachusetts Federal Grand Jury for Allegedly Transporting Child Pornography and Possessing Child Pornography

August 25, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 24, 2011 released the following:

“Massachusetts Man Arrested and Charged in Child Pornography Case

WASHINGTON—A Lowell, Massachusetts man charged with transportation and possession of child pornography made his initial appearance today in U.S. District Court in Boston, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts, and Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers of the FBI Boston Division.

William H. Noble, 46, of Lowell, was charged in an indictment unsealed yesterday with one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Noble was arrested yesterday in the District of Massachusetts.

According to the indictment, in April 2009, Noble allegedly transported visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment also alleges that Noble possessed additional images of child pornography.

In a separate indictment unsealed in the District of Massachusetts on Aug. 17, 2011, Steven Saunders, 28, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. Saunders, a current resident of Chula Vista, Calif., and a former resident of Groton, Mass., was arrested on Aug. 17, 2011, in the Southern District of California. According to the indictment, on April 15, 2009, Saunders allegedly possessed visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The maximum sentence for each count of possession of child pornography is 10 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The maximum sentence for each count of transportation of child pornography is 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

These cases are being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Thomas Franzinger of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael I. Yoon of District of Massachusetts Major Crimes Unit. The cases are being investigated by the FBI. The Groton Police Department is also investigating the case against Noble.

These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.”

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Houston’s Dieter David Palmer, Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, Arrested in Houston on Child Pornography Charges Based on a Federal Indictment by a Federal Grand Jury Sitting in Houston

July 15, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas on July 14, 2011 released the following:

“HOUSTON – Dieter David Palmer, 42, a retired Navy chief petty officer, has been indicted on charges of distribution, receipt, attempted receipt, transportation and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Palmer, of Houston, was arrested on July 12, 2011, following the return of a five-count indictment on June 22, 2011. In custody since his arrest, Palmer was ordered released on a $50,000 bond today by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith following a hearing. Judge Smith imposed a number of special conditions including prohibiting him from personal use of an electronic device which could access the Internet and from contact with children. He will also be subject to GPS monitoring and cannot travel outside of Harris County among other things. Palmer has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and is set for trial before U.S. District Judge Ellison on Aug. 29, 2011, at 9:00 a.m.

Testimony presented during today’s detention hearing alleged Palmer subscribed and purchased membership to websites offering child pornography over the Internet and that Palmer distributed and received images of child pornography utilizing his e-mail accounts. Palmer had two computers at his residence when contacted by law enforcement in March 2011, which, upon examination, were found to contain more than 1800 digital images and at least 36 videos of child pornography including images depicting children in bondage. Additionally, according to the testimony, these images included children under 12 being sexually violated by adults and photographed in positions which caused their genitalia to be displayed in a lewd/lascivious manner.

At the time of the investigation and when contacted by law enforcement, Palmer held a security clearance due to his employment with a navy contractor.

Palmer faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment if convicted of the distribution, receipt, attempted receipt or transportation of child pornography charges and a maximum fine of $250,000. Possession of child pornography carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 upon conviction. Each offense also carries a maximum of a life term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children. Additionally, if convicted, registration as a sex offender is mandatory.

The investigation leading to the indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations as part of Operation Predator. The prosecution is 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.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Demetrius Bivins is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty through due process of law.”

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Benjamin Barber Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

June 29, 2011

U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Iowa on June 28, 2011 released the following press release:

“Benjamin Barber, age 30, from Bronson, Iowa, has been charged with transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography. The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed today in United States District Court in Sioux City.

The Indictment alleges that, between May 2003 and July 2007, Barber knowingly transported in interstate commerce a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and that he both received and possessed such depictions.

If convicted, Barber faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 50 years’ imprisonment, $750,000 in fines, $300 in special assessments, and at least 5 years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Barber appeared today in federal court in Sioux City and was released on bond. Barber’s next appearance for trial is set for September 6, 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 Homeland Security Investigations, the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

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.”

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

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN List Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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