HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania man was charged Tuesday with receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography. The charge is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit.
Jeremy Joseph Box, 29, of Hazleton City, Pa., was charged by a federal grand jury with allegedly committing the offenses between 2011 and 2013. Box was taken into custody Dec. 6, 2012, on related state charges.
If convicted, Box faces up to 30 years in prison.
This investigation is 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-DHS-2ICE 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, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.