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Child Exploitation
12/08/2009

Registered sex offender charged with transportation of child pornography

FT PIERCE, Fla.-A 46-year-old man was arrested Monday on child pornography charges following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation into international trafficking of child pornography.

Gordon Troy White, a registered sex offender of West Palm Beach, made his initial appearance in federal court in Fort Pierce Tuesday on charges of transportation of child pornography.

ICE special agents initiated an online Internet investigation in Nov. 2009. During the investigation, an ICE special agent successfully downloaded child pornography images that were being offered by White via a file sharing program.

On Dec. 7, ICE special agents executed a federal search warrant at White's residence and located additional amounts of child pornography on his computer after a forensic analysis.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory term ranging from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 40 years in prison. A pre-trial detention hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch, Jr.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. 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.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rinku Tribuiani.