NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey man was sentenced Wednesday to 140 months in federal prison for possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet. The sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Khalil Survey, 39, of Lake Hiawatha, N.J., and a native of India, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William H. Walls.
HSI special agents, assisted by detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, executed a search warrant at Survey's home Aug. 4, 2011. While there, they seized a computer, iPhone, and several electronic storage devices that contained images and videos of child pornography. The devices included 46,353 images of child sexual abuse, including 983 images involving infants or toddlers and 783 images involving sadomasochistic abuse. On Survey’s iPhone, law enforcement officers found photographs he had taken of himself downloading child pornography onto his home computer.
Survey was arrested by HSI special agents at Newark International Airport Sept. 14, 2011, as he attempted to flee to Honduras. He pleaded guilty to the charges in January 2013.
At the conclusion of his prison term, Survey will be placed in immigration proceedings to seek his removal from the United States.
"Child predators like Survey are on notice. There is no safe haven for those committing crimes against our nation’s most vulnerable – our children," said Andrew McLees, special agent in charge of HSI Newark. "The unspeakable acts that often do irreparable harm and rob children of their innocence will not be tolerated. Left on the streets, predators could, and do, victimize their communities time and time again."
In addition to the prison term, Judge Walls also sentenced Survey to a lifetime of supervised release and ordered him to pay $300,000 in restitution to the victims.
This investigation was also part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI 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. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 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, 1-800-843-5678.
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.