The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Brenner.
On Oct. 8, 2009, the defendant possessed more than 600 still images of child pornography on his computers' hard drives. Each image contained a visual depiction of a child or children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images were of small children being raped, which necessarily involved pain, and were therefore images portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct and other depictions of violence. The defendant distributed some of the images that he possessed through the Internet.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova ordered Lublin to pay a fine of $500 and to complete five years' of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.
HSI's involvement in this investigation is part of the agency's initiative known as Operation Predator, an ongoing enforcement effort targeting those who prey upon and sexually exploit children, including Internet pornographers, international sex tourists, and foreign national sexual predators.
ICE encourages the reporting of 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 ICE partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.
For more information in HSI's predator investigations, go to www.ICE.gov.