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Child Exploitation
06/03/2010

Central Ohio nurse pleads guilty to distributing child porn

A central Ohio nurse pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to six counts of distributing child pornography.

Michael D. Dunbar, 48, of Fredericktown, pleaded guilty in U. S. District Court here today to one count of distributing child pornography over the Internet. Dunbar is a registered nurse who has worked for home health care agencies in Knox, Richland and Franklin counties and has worked as an independent home health care worker in Franklin and Fairfield counties.

Carter M. Stewart, U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Investigations in Ohio and Michigan, and Knox County Sheriff David B. Barber announced the plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

"Every time abhorrent images like this are produced, transmitted or viewed a child is victimized," Moskowitz said. "Fighting for child victims remains a high priority for of ICE and we will continue to seek out and bring to justice those who mistakenly believe the Internet shields them from detection."

The plea agreement contains an agreed sentence of 84 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. Judge Sargus conditionally accepted Dunbar's plea and will decide whether or not to accept the plea and the sentence after the court conducts a pre-sentence investigation.

According to court documents, an investigator with an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Virginia was patrolling the Internet in October 2009 looking for people distributing child pornography. The undercover officer created a private chat session with an individual identifying himself as "Patnted3". In that session and five subsequent sessions, the individual sent the undercover officer 107 digital images of prepubescent boys engaged in explicit sexual activity.

"The information was shared with ICE agents, who determined that the Internet address traced back to Dunbar's home in Knox County," Stewart said. "ICE agents and Knox County Sheriff's deputies searched Dunbar's home on March 2, 2010, and seized his computers and arrested him. He has been in custody since his arrest."

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.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. Investigators staff this hotline around the clock. 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.

This case is being prosecuted 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, 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.