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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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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Richard Poupart Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Allegedly Transporting and Possessing Child Pornography

July 3, 2011

The U.S. Attorneys Office District of Connecticut on July 1, 2011 released the following:

“David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging RICHARD POUPART, 52, of Middlefield, with one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The indictment was returned yesterday, June 30.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 4, 2007, members of the Shelton Police Department executed a state search warrant at POUPART’s Middlefield residence and seized several computers and computer components. Subsequent forensic analysis of the computers and components has allegedly revealed images and videos of child pornography.

If convicted of the charges, POUPART faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. The penalties in this matter have been enhanced based on the defendant’s criminal history.

POUPART has been detained in federal custody since August 2010.

U.S. Attorney Fein 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.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Shelton Police Department and the Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anastasia E. King and Sarah P. Karwan.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of Connecticut’s “Operation Constant Vigilance,” which are aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.”

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