WILMINGTON, Del. -James D. White, 47, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography, in violation of federal law on May 18 as a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
According to the court record, White was identified by ICE special agents after he subscribed to a commercial child pornography website. In May 2009, law enforcement agents executed a search of White's Wilmington residence. The agents found computer disks in a green metal box underneath his bed. White used the disks to download over 50,000 still images and 3,000 videos of child pornography between May 30, 2003, and April 28, 2009. Also saved to the disks were emails and hyperlinks for various child pornography websites.
The images of child pornography found on White's disks included depictions of prepubescent and teenage minors, both male and female, engaged in sexually explicit conduct - either alone, with other minors or with adult males. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed that White's collection contained 109 distinct series of child pornography in which the child depicted has been identified by law enforcement.
"People who possess child pornography victimize the most vulnerable members of our society" said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in Philadelphia. "Those who believe they can hide their illegal activities are mistaken, and they will be held accountable for their actions."
White faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison. White also faces a term of supervised release following his prison sentence of five years to life, and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school. White has been detained since his May 12, 2009, arrest.
Prior to his May 2009 arrest, White was employed as a service technician for Comcast Corporation. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Mill Creek Fire Department.
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.