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Child Exploitation
08/05/2010

Canadian citizen pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A Canadian national pleaded guilty in federal court here Thursday to possession of child pornography charges stemming from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Michael Nagy, 50, formerly of Ben Lomond, Calif., admitted to possessing more than 600 images containing visual depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including images of prepubescent minors and images portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct. Nagy acknowledged he obtained those images by downloading them from e-mails onto his computer at his residence in Ben Lomond, Calif.

Nagy is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 21 before U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fazioli with support provided by Kamille Singh.

The charges are part of ICE's Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who sexually exploit children, and the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, which marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet.

As part of Operation Predator, ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423.

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.

Through Project Safe Childhood, the Department of Justice is seeking to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.