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08/13/2014

Federal grand jury indicts former north Texas high school teacher for producing child pornography

FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a former high school teacher with two counts of producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Anyone who may have been victimized in this case is asked to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at its toll-free number: 1-866-347-2423.

Gregory Bogomol, 38, of Fort Worth, was arrested in May on a related federal criminal complaint and has been in custody since that time. He was employed by the Denton (Texas) Independent School District as a teacher at Denton High School. He resigned from that position the week before his arrest.

According to the criminal complaint filed, the investigation began when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was contacted by the parents of a 15-year-old male victim regarding an individual who solicited a nude photograph of the minor through a smartphone application.

Count one of the indictment alleges that on or about April 23 Bogomol used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce a visual depiction of that conduct. Count two of the indictment alleges the same crime occurred April 20 with another minor.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the statutory penalty for each count of production is not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.

This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including producing and distributing online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI's Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.