Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting 13-year-old

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Child Abuse Bureau detectives have recovered surveillance video of the suspect in the July 27 sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at Antelope Crossing Middle School.

According to sheriff's officials, the video was captured by the school's video surveillance cameras and shows the suspect running from the scene after the attack. Detectives are releasing the video and asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect responsible for the attack.

On Friday, sheriff's detectives released a sketch of a suspect (top left).

He is described as a "very tan" white man in his mid-40s, 5-feet-6 to 6-feet tall, with a medium build, short gray hair and a noticeable belly. He was wearing a gray T-shirt with red trim, blue jeans and black shoes.

Sheriff officials said the attack happened shortly after 5 p.m. at the middle school. The victim had gone to the school, which was not in session, with two friends, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

They separated briefly. The victim was on the west side of the campus when the attacker appeared behind a classroom, grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

The suspected fled on foot toward Palmerson Drive after the victim struggled and yelled for help. The 14-year-old girl saw the attack from a short distance away, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Child Abuse Bureau detectives at (916) 874-5194 or (916) 874-5191, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Matthew Ryan Cummings Charged with Rape of 11-year-old

Authorities charged a Camp Lejeune Marine late Tuesday with having sex with an intoxicated preteen girl last year while the girl’s mother slept in another room.

Matthew Ryan Cummings, 20, of Barracks FC372 aboard base, was charged by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, and crimes against nature.

Sheriff’s Sgt. John Getty was asked by a local mental facility to interview an 11-year-old girl beginning July 13. Getty discovered the child was having suicidal tendencies. Getty’s investigation revealed that the girl had been statutorily raped in late November 2008, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department.

“The statutory rape and other sex acts were performed on the 11-year-old child in her own home while the child’s mother slept in another bedroom of the home,” Sheriff Ed Brown said. “(Cummings) obtained beer from the refrigerator of the victim’s home where he and the victim both consumed the beer and became intoxicated.”

The girl’s family moved to Onslow County in November 2008 and the Cummings befriended the girl during the times the mother had left her with a neighbor across the street, according to Getty’s investigation.

The mother reported her concern for Cummings behavior toward her daughter to the Sheriff’s Department in February, according to incident reports on file at the Sheriff’s Department.

Cummings was interviewed at that time and was strongly advised to have no further contact with the girl.

“However the statutory rape had already occurred approximately four months before the mother came to the Sheriff’s Office in February 2009,” Brown said.

Cummings was arrested at Building 66 aboard Camp Lejeune by the Sheriff’s Department. His bond was set at $200,000 and he has a court appearance scheduled for today.

His rank and deployment history were not immediately available from base officials.

Tim Mountford Arrested for Rape of Minor

A Delaware County man accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl in his legal custody will go to trial in October on those charges.

Tim Mountford, 51, of Grove is free on $150,000 bail. He is charged in Delaware County District Court with second-degree rape and child sexual abuse.

Mountford was ordered to stand trial on Oct. 12 during a court hearing on Monday. He could face up to a life sentence if convicted of child sexual abuse.

Mountford has declined to comment on the case based on the advice of his attorney, Winston Connor II, who has referred to his client as "developmentally slow” and said he “does not function as a 50-year-old.”

He was ordered to pay child support on the now 15-month-old infant after a paternity test determined a 99.99 percent likelihood he is the child's father. Matina Garner, Mountford’s stepdaughter is attempting to adopt the child.

Tim and his estranged wife, Vicki Mountford became the legal guardians of the victim after she was raped and impregnated at the age of 11. Vicki Mountford filed for divorce in June, according to court records.

In that case, Tommy James Isbell, 36, of Jay pleaded guilty in 2004 to four counts of first-degree rape and 12 counts of forcible sodomy and was sentenced to life in prison. He had been having sex with the child since she was 9, according to a Jay Police Department report.

The victim’s first child, a daughter, was born with birth defects and died a few weeks after birth.

The Mountfords served as foster parents in their home about a block from Grove Middle School from Sept. 25, 1998, to May 22, 2006, and ran a day-care center from Feb. 7, 2002, to July 15, 2006, according to the Department of Human Services.

Trial Continues for Former Pastor Henry Edgington

Two recently retired Waco police officers were on the stand this morning in 54th State District Court testifying about their investigation into a child pornography case involving a former area pastor.

Former police officer Chris Kingrey opened up today’s testimony about his work as the department’s computer analyst. He said he was asked to examine a computer to which Henry Edgington, 65, had access as a night clerk at the Czech Inn in West.

Kingrey said he found 63 images that he considered child pornography on the computer, which prosecutor J.R Vicha and Hilary LaBorde showed to jurors on a large screen in the courtroom.

Retired State District Judge George Allen ordered that the windows be covered in the courtroom while the images were displayed.

Kingrey also said he recovered at least three e-mails from Edgington that appeared to be sent to young models, including one that said “You’re so beautiful it makes me smile to see your face.”

Former police Sgt. Kraig Disney testified about searching Edgington’s home in August 2007 and took a statement from the defendant in which Edgington said he was inspired to try to rid the Internet of child pornography sites after reading a story out of Florida about a group that worked successfully with legislators.

Disney said Edgington told him: “I felt if it works there it can work here. I made some terrible printouts that I intended to send to (local U.S. Rep.) Chet Edwards. He seemed like a go-to guy.”

Michael Healy Charged with Breaking Toddler's Leg

A 28-year-old south suburban man has been charged with aggravated battery to a child after allegedly breaking a toddler's leg, police said.

Michael Healy of W. 108th St., in Chicago Ridge was babysitting the 2-year-old boy Thursday night at the home while his girlfriend and mother were out, Chicago Ridge Deputy Police Chief Dennis Kapilinski said.

When the women returned, Healy left to get a pack of cigarettes, he said.

When the girlfriend went to pick up her son, he began to cry, and she called 911, Kapilinski said. An ambulance took the child to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they discovered he had a broken femur.

Healy made a statement to police about the incident, but Kapilinski said he could not immediately provide details.

Salvador Desiderio-Zapote Wanted for Sexually Assaulting 10-year-old

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl, but he is believed to have made a run for the border.

Salvador Desiderio-Zapote, 29, is charged with two counts of child sexual abuse. Durant Police Detective Shane Harkey began investigating in May after receiving a report that the suspect touched a girl’s private parts.

An affidavit states that a girl told a Department of Human Services worker that Desiderio-Zapote had fondled her numerous times.

Harkey talked to Desiderio-Zapote and told him he was required to keep police informed of his address until the investigation was finished. According the affidavit, Desiderio-Zapote agreed and said he would not leave town until the investigation was completed.

After the victim was interviewed, Harkey determined that he had probable cause to make a warrantless arrest, and when he went to the suspect’s home, the occupant said that Desiderio-Zapote fled to Hidalgo, Mexico, to avoid prosecution, the affidavit states.

Harkey visited Desiderio-Zapote’s employer and was told that he had not reported to work since May 10 and told employees he was going back to Mexico before police put him in jail.

In other court cases, Bobby Ramos Madrid, 32, Durant, was charged Monday with two felony counts of injury to a minor child, plus a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

Madrid is accused of throwing a 4-year-old child across the room and hitting a 10-year-old child on the back with a key. He also is charged with hitting his girlfriend and slamming her to the ground.

Durant Police Patrolman Shane Walker began investigating Thursday after he was dispatched to a convenience store on East Highway 70 to take an assault report.

A woman told Harkey she was at Madrid’s residence with her children in the 1200 block of East Cedar Street. She told Harkey that she got into an argument with Madrid and that he then picked up her 4-year-old child and threw him across the room, the report stated.

She said she attempted to leave in her vehicle and Madrid would not let her, so she began walking north on South McLean Road.

According to the report, she said Madrid drove up and tried to get her to get inside his vehicle. When she would not, he slammed her to the ground. The woman’s 10-year-old daughter tried to help her mother, according to police, and he hit her on the back with a key.

Madrid left, according to police, and Harkey found him later that day at a residence in the 200 block of Southeast Fifth Avenue. He was arrested and his bond was set at $32,500.

According to court records, Madrid has prior convictions for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Jeremy Cruz Sentenced to 3 Years for Having Child Porn

Jeremy Cruz, 24, of Seven Hills, was sentenced today to three years in prison for having child pornography.

The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said that Cruz had videos of child porn on his home computer between March 29 and Nov. 22, 2008. A search warrant was executed at his home Jan. 9. Investigators found 13 videos and several images he made available on the Internet.

He pleaded guilty to 17 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and possessing criminal tools, his computer.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher also deemed Cruz a sexual offender who must register his home and work addresses with a sheriff's office every 180 days for 25 years.


Charles Edward Binger Jr Faces Child Porn Charges After Standoff

A Maryville man is facing child porn and drug related charges after a standoff with Blount County Deputies Monday.

Charles Edward Binger, Jr., 48, is in the Blount County Jail on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, destruction of evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After a 45 minute standoff with police at his home on Argyle Way, sheriff's officials say four computers and several guns were confiscated along with marijuana seeds and drug paraphernalia.

A forensic exam of those computers show images of child porn.

That's a big concern for neighbors.

Neighbor Chris Kawa says, "That kind of stuff could be anybody of any type. Whether you're wearing a suit and tie or whether you look like you crawled out from under a rock. It's a scary situation but not all that surprising."

Binger is currently being held on $131,000 bond.

Sheriff's officials say more charges could be pending.


David Lee Santy Jr Arrested for Trying to Have Woman & Daughter Killed

A 41-year-old man was arrested after he agreed to pay $2,000 to have a woman and her 11-year-old daughter killed, police said.

The 38-year-old woman and the child are witnesses in a pending child-molestation case against David Lee Santy Jr., 41.

The case stems from a Pima County Sheriff's Office investigation in which Santy was accused of inappropriately touching a girl who came over to play with his children, court records show.

The girl told authorities that Santy called her into a shed and unzipped her pants, court records state. The girl said Santy told her to zip up her pants when his son went outside.

At the time he was also accused of sexual conduct with another child, but that charge was dismissed without prejudice.

Tucson police began investigating on July 22 when they learned that Santy was looking for a hit man, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Santy met with an undercover officer and made the deal on July 30, Pacheco said. At that time, he was arrested in the area of North Camino de Oeste and West Ina Road.
He was booked into the Pima County jail on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Santy remained in jail Monday.

Rone Nunez Charged with Murder

A Cedar Park man has been indicted by a Williamson County grand jury in connection with the April death of a 9-year-old who was initially believed to have been accidentally electrocuted.

Family members and police told KVUE News the child touched a power line that stands about four feet above the fence around her house on April 25.

But Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley said Tuesday that the investigation was expanded after a forensic examination found that Cecilia Izquierdo had been killed. During an autopsy, the medical examiner noticed the girl's throat had been cut. Forensic testing revealed she had also been raped. The Texas Rangers assisted with the investigation, and Rone Nunez, 24, was arrested in May on an unrelated charge and later named a suspect in the case.

"She was not electrocuted. There was not an electrocution," Bradley said. "The information that we received early in the investigation caused us to take another look."

The grand jury indicted Nunez on six counts: capital murder, super aggravated sexual assault of a child, murder, aggravated sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping and injury to a child.

Prosecutors said they would not discuss details of the investigation until a trial happens.

Nunez, a Honduran national, was apparently living with the little girl's family when she was killed.

When the 9-year-old's body was found in April, Cedar Park investigators said the little girl had been electrocuted after touching a low hanging power line. Bradley couldn't say why Cedar Park police didn't let others know an alleged killer was still living in their neighborhood.

"The danger of early statements and jumping to conclusions and press releases in these kinds of cases you run the danger of saying something that's not accurate and misleading the public," he said.

Cedar Park Police Chief Henry Fluck says this was an ongoing investigation -- but was not clear on why the public continued to get the wrong information about Izquierdo's death.

"The initial theory by investigators did not pan out, we will certainly admit to that," Fluck said. "We're very pleased that the efforts made in this investigation resulted in an indictment. And we feel it was a very solid case against the suspect and i think that's what matters in the long run."

Super aggravated sexual assault was created through Jessica's Law in 2007 and carries a sentence of 25-99 years or life in prison. Capital murder is punishable by death or life in prison. Neither offense allows for parole.

Johnny Pires Convicted for Child Porn

Johnny Pires, 24, of Middleboro, Mass., was convicted today by a federal jury in Boston of attempting to receive child pornography and possessing child pornography.

Pires was indicted on two counts of attempting to receive child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel, a jury today convicted Pires of the second count of attempting to receive child pornography, and of possessing child pornography.

According to evidence presented during the trial, the case arose from an FBI undercover operation that targeted individuals using file sharing programs to trade child pornography. Testimony from an undercover agent established that Pires was using Limewire, a file share program that allows users to exchange image and video files for free, to share images of child pornography. The agent testified that during his investigation, he downloaded images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct from Pires and was able to access Pires’ shared folder. During the review of Pires’ shared folder, the agent discovered numerous images of child pornography depicting pre-pubescent children engaged in various sexual acts. Based on this information, a search warrant was executed at Pires’ residence, and Pires admitted to accessing child pornography through file share programs and downloading images of the sexual abuse of children. A forensic examiner testified that a hard drive seized from Pires’ residence revealed numerous images of child pornography, including those downloaded from Limewire.

At sentencing, Pires faces a minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 years. He will also face a lifetime term of supervised release following his prison sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for October 22, 2009.

This case was brought as 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 U.S. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case is being prosecuted jointly by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kanwit for the District of Massachusetts and Trial Attorney LisaMarie Freitas of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. The case was investigated by the FBI.

Daniel Plume Arrested for Child Porn

A 29-year-old west suburban man has been charged with possession of child pornography following an undercover Internet sting operation by Wheaton police detectives.

The investigation, conducted along with the DuPage County Sheriff’s E-Crime Unit, resulted in the arrest on July 31 of Daniel M. Plume, 29, of Lombard on a charge of possession of child porn, according to a release from Wheaton police.

Plume was being held in the DuPage County Jail on $250,000 bond, the release said.

Police had no additional details available Tuesday.

Jimmy Dill Arrested for Child Porn

A 37-year-old northwest suburban man faces child pornography charges after a search of his home revealed personal computer items that allegedly contain images of child porn.

Last week, Huntley police arrested Jimmy J. Dill, 37, of 10809 Cape Cod Ln. and charged him with five counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony, according to a release from the Illinois Attorney General's office. Dill is being held in the McHenry County Jail.

Investigators from the AG’s High Tech Crimes Bureau assisted Huntley police in executing a search warrant at Dill’s home, resulting in the seizure of numerous computers and hard drives believed to contain child pornography, the release said. Earlier this year, the High Tech Crimes Bureau alleged that Dill was offering child porn over the Internet.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office will prosecute the case.

John Jeter Charged with Sexual Abuse on 13-year-old

A 42-year-old Camden man has been charged with subjecting a 13-year-old girl to sexual contact, according to state police.

John A. Jeter, of Taberg Florence Road, was charged Friday with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child by state police investigators assigned to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.

Jeter was arraigned in Camden Town Court and sent to the Oneida County jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or bond. He is scheduled to appear in Florence Town Court on Aug. 11.

Members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation and arrest.

Gary Olivas Arrested for Child Porn

A 60 year old Clarksville man has been arrested on Child Pornography charges.

Gary Olivas was arrested Monday afternoon.

According to the affidavit, an investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at the Franklin Police Department was conducting an online undercover investigation and discovered someone was sharing several images and videos of sexual abuse images involving young

When the Internet address was determined to be located in Clarksville, the TBI was contacted and joined the investigation.

TBI agents were able to determine that the suspect hacked into an unsecured wireless network to trade child pornography over the Internet.

TBI agents searched Olivas' home and seized several computers which are being analyzed.

Officials say preliminary results show that Olivas was in possession of thousands of images of known child pornography.

Agents say they found more than 1,700 files of child pornography on the three compact discs evaluated so far.

Abrneris Santiago's Case Will Proceed to Grand Jury

The case of a mother accused of keeping her three children starving in a hotel bathroom for at least nine months will proceed to a grand jury, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge Terrie McVea ruled during an examining trial that there was probable cause for a grand jury to consider indicting Abneris Santiago. A Dallas grand jury will likely get the case this month.

Santiago, 30, is charged with one count of injury to a child, and prosecutors have said they would likely add two more counts this week.

Police and a relative found Santiago's three children shut inside a hotel bathroom last month. The 11-year-old girl and her 10- and 5-year-old half brothers were emaciated and filthy, requiring hospitalization for 10 days. The doctor who examined them said the children appeared to have been starved and that their condition was life-threatening.

The 11-year-old said she had been sexually assaulted, and the eldest son was covered in bruises from a beating authorities said was delivered by his mother's boyfriend.

James Jamison, Santiago's attorney, said he expected the ruling and that he requested the optional examining trial to get a preview of the state's case.

"It's relatively easy to show probable cause," Jamison said.

The mother's boyfriend, 37-year-old Alfred Santiago, faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and continuous sexual abuse. Three additional charges of injury to a child likely will be filed against him, Assistant District Attorney Eren Price said.

The Santiagos, who remain in the Dallas County Jail, are not married but have the same last name. The three older children have different fathers. The youngest child is the daughter of both Santiagos.

Alfred Santiago's attorney was out of town Tuesday and did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

Abneris Santiago, wearing thick glasses and a gray-and-green-striped jail uniform, declined to make a statement during the court hearing. She has not spoken publicly about the case, turning down repeated requests for interviews from jail.

During the hearing, Santiago appeared alternately sad and defiant. She lowered her head and blinked repeatedly as Dallas police detective Lisette Rivera described the condition of her children when they were found July 2. Santiago shook her head in disagreement when Rivera said the 11-year-old girl had told her mother that she had been sexually abused for three years.

"She did not realize the child was being sexually assaulted," Jamison said of his client. "She feels victimized. She feels abused. She wishes she could have mustered the strength to do the right thing sooner."

Rivera, the only witness questioned during the hearing, said the family lived in the Budget Suites of America hotel for nearly a year. The suite had a bed, a couch and a crib. The three older children spent day and night inside the bathroom, she said, and never attended school.

"Nobody knew (they were there)," Rivera said. "They never went out."

Rivera also said the children were so starved that their brains had atrophied. The siblings and their 1-year-old half sister, who was found healthy, later were placed together in foster care.

Ralph Walls Guilty of Possessing Child Porn

A Clinton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography after police found child pornography images and videos on his computer in December.

Police found 15 videos and five images displaying child pornography on a computer belonging to Ralph Walls, 60, according to his plea agreement.

Walls faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography and 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, followed by supervised release up to a life sentence, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

A search warrant for Walls' home was obtained in December after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Louisiana found Walls was sharing more than 200 sexually explicit files online.

The initiative is part of Project Safe Childhood, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation.

Walls' sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

Walls' attorney, Timothy Sullivan, did not immediately return calls Tuesday.

Trial Begins for David Durling Accused of Sexual Assault

Opening arguments were made this morning in the trial of a Vineland soccer coach charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in 2004 and 2005.

The charges against David Durling, for incidents that allegedly happened on camping trips and overnight stays with three 10- and 11-year-old boys he coached in soccer, were based on statements by the children.

Assistant Cumberland County Prosecutor Dara Paley, in her opening statement, described Durling as "the man that all three boys trusted and all three considered to be their surrogate father ... (who) betrayed the trust of all three boys."

"I guess we can all go home now," said Durling's lawyer, Carmen DiMario, in his opening statement.

"The prosecutor wants you to be stupid. They would be happy if you said, 'Child molestation. Guilty'," he said.

DiMario called it "one of the worst-investigated cases I've seen in my life."

First on the witness stand in the afternoon was Vineland Detective Louis Negron.

Robert Livingston Arrested for Downloading Child Porn

A 16-year-old has been arrested and accused of downloading child porn, police said.

Robert Livingston, of Palm Beach Gardens, had his first appearance at a hearing in front of a judge on Tuesday morning. He has been charged with 48 counts of possessing child pornography.

In a probable cause report, an investigator working undercover said he found a computer Internet provider address that was sharing multiple child pornography videos.

The detective sent a subpoena to the Internet provider and obtained an address to a Palm Beach Gardens home.

Investigators said the teen admitted to downloading the videos. Many of them included files of pre-teen children.

The judge granted bond at $500 for each count and ordered the teen to house arrest with no contact with any children and no access to a computer.

Livingston will only be allowed out of the house to attend school. He is scheduled to begin 11th grade at Dwyer High School in two weeks.

Barry Morris Arrested for Sex Act with Minor

Greece Police have charged a Greece Central School District teacher for a criminal sex act and for endangering the welfare of a child.

Police arrested 63-year-old Barry Morris, a 4th grade teacher at West Ridge Road Elementary, on July 31 and he was send to the Monroe County Jail until he posted bail.

The alleged incident involves a 14 years of age and younger.

According to Greece School Superintendent Steve Achramovitch, Morris has been placed on paid administrative leave. Achramovitch also said the alleged incident did not occur on school property and it did not involve a student that Morris teaches.

Morris has been a teacher for 35 years with 19 years at West Ridge Elementary.

Kevin Russ Arrested for Child Porn

The Bay County Sheriff's Department Frank McKeithen arrested a Panama City man for charges relating to the possession of child pornography.

Kevin J. Russ of Panama City, was arrested after investigators identified him as using the internet to download files of child pornography. Russ became a target in late July and enough information was gained during the course of the investigation to execute a search warrant on his home this morning.

During the search, Russ’ computer was found. An examination of the computer yielded numerous video files of child pornography, to include children under the age of 10 involved in sexual activity.

Russ was transported to the sheriff’s office and after an interview there, he was booked into the Bay County Jail for four counts of Possession of the Sexual Performance of a Child. He will go to first appearance tomorrow.

Igor Nasonov Indicted for Distributing Child Porn

A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Igor Nasonov, age 33, of Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County, for distributing and possessing child pornography using his computer and a file sharing program. Nasonov was charged in a Criminal Complaint filed in United States District Court in Louisville, Kentucky, with distribution and possession of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Candace G. Hill for the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

Acting United States Attorney Candace G. Hill praised the efforts of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Louisville Metro Police Department, Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU) for their effective response to these very serious offenses.

The Affidavit

According to the affidavit filed in federal court in Louisville on July 10, 2009, by Special Agent with FBI, the images of child pornography showed young children including infants in various sexual acts. On April 29, 2009, an FBI Agent with the Richmond Virginia Division of the FBI, using an Internet connected computer, launched a publicly available P2P file sharing program. The Agent queried a network of friends and observed that an individual using the username “Daddyof3” was logged onto the network. Previously, Daddyof3 sent the Agent a friend request, allowing the Agent to view and download files from Daddyof3’s computer that Daddyof3 selected to share with other users.

The Agent browsed Daddyof3’s shared folders and observed that Daddyof3 was sharing approximately 30,000 files. The Agent proceeded to browse Daddyof3’s shared folders and observed numerous image and video files depicting child pornography. The Agent selected seventy-two (72) images and a video file of child pornography and began to download these files directly from Daddyof3’s computer. Agents were able to determine the IP address of "Daddy of 3."When reviewed, all seventy-two (72) image and video files depicted child pornography, that is, the images showed minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

On June 10, 2009, the Louisville FBI and other law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant on Nasonov’s residence in Louisville, Kentucky. Agents observed numerous computers and performed a preliminary image scan of the computers that revealed thousands of images and movies of child sexual exploitation. In addition, Agents located and observed images matching the images that were distributed as described above and digital movies of child sexual exploitation involving an infants.

In the event of a conviction, Nasonov faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years. The maximum potential penalties include 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 5 years and could include life.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd and it is being jointly investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Dwayne King Arrested for Having Child Porn

A Twin Falls man has been charged in 5th District Court with possessing child pornography.

Dwayne E. King, a 38-year-old long-haul truck driver, was arraigned Friday on 20 counts of possession of sexually exploitive material.

Police said they found four hard drives in King's home containing exploitive images and videos of children as young as 2.

If convicted, King faces up to 15 years in prison for each count.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday in Twin Falls.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

Kenneth 'Jack' Hendryx Sentenced to 10 Years for Child Porn

According to a Shoshone County Sheriff release, local sex offender Kenneth "Jack" Hendryx was sentenced to 10 years fixed in prison and 15 years of very strict supervised release.

Hendryx was arrested in 2008 for possession of child pornography, the report continued, and charged as a result of an undercover online investigation by the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.

Shoshone County Sheriff's Office is continuing to work with local federal agencies to try and curb the new crime trend of child pornography.

So far in 2009, the sheriff's office has investigated a large number of child pornography cases compared to years past, the news release said, and enhancements in online tools allowed the department to find people who possessed or traded the pornography.

Citizens are asked to contact the sheriff's office if you have any knowledge of someone possessing or distributing child pornography or any child being a victim of abuse.