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Child Exploitation
05/24/2012

HSI special agents arrest sex offender for possession of child pornography

NEW YORK – A Long Island man was arrested Thursday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for possession of child pornography. The arrest was announced by HSI New York Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr. and U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York.

Jay Kroll, 56, of Massapequa, N.Y., a registered level two sex offender, allegedly downloaded videos of child pornography on his computer seized by HSI special agents.

According to court documents, Kroll downloaded child pornography via peer-to-peer programs and saved the images on computer disks, storing them under his pillow. A preliminary computer forensic examination of a computer in Kroll's home reveals a number of video files of apparent child pornography involving prepubescent boys.

The investigation began in April 2012 after HSI special agents discovered a publicly accessible website used to send and receive child pornography over the Internet. The investigation revealed the Internet Protocol address was subscribed to Kroll's mother

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline 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 and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.