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Child Exploitation
05/24/2010

Florida man arrested at Detroit Metro Airport on child porn charges

Laptop contained hours of explicit videos

DETROIT - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday the arrest of a Florida man who was traveling with a laptop containing at several hours of child pornography videos.

Stuart Blakesberg, 44, was arrested Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) following a return flight from Nagoya, Japan. DTW was the international port of entry for Blakesberg before his connecting flight to his destination Houston, Texas. During the course of a routine CBP inspection, officers searched a laptop that was in Blakesberg's possession.

"Purveyors of child pornography fuel the appalling international exploitation of innocent children," said Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in Detroit. "Possession of child pornography is not a victimless crime. Those who engage in this criminal behavior should be forewarned that ICE will use all of its resources to locate and arrest them."

A secondary inspection revealed videos of child pornography. ICE computer forensic agents were immediately notified to continue the investigation. ICE agents discovered several videos depicting child pornography. A cursory examination of media storage discs revealed similar content.

"Our officers utilized their training and experience in discovering the offending content of this laptop", stated Donald Conroy, Port Director for CBP at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. "CBP officers encounter hundreds of thousands of travelers at our ports of entry around the country everyday. Because of their vigilance CBP interdicts this type of activity as part of securing our borders and our communities."

The offense of possession of child pornography carries a sentence, upon conviction, of five years up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. The potential sentence also permits a court to impose a maximum life-term of supervised release during which the court may impose a number of special conditions.

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