MADISON, Wis. - A local man accused of trading child pornography over the Internet was indicted in federal court on Wednesday. The charges resulted from a joint investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI and the Madison Police Department.
Robin S. Bone, 43, of Madison, was indicted by a federal grant jury Jan. 27 in the Western District of Wisconsin on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography. The indictment was unsealed Jan. 29 following his arrest.
The indictment alleges that on April 17, 2005, Bone e-mailed sexually explicit images of minors to an individual in Germany. The indictment also alleges that on Aug. 22, 2005, Bone possessed a CD-ROM containing images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
If convicted, Bone faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison on the distribution charge, and up to 10 years on the possession charge. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker, Western District of Wisconsin, ordered Bone held in custody pending a detention hearing to be held next week.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Przybylinski Finn, Western District of Wisconsin, is prosecuting the case. The public is advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
"Those who distribute and possess child pornography victimize the most vulnerable members of our society," said Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Chicago. "We will continue working closely with other law enforcement agencies and prosecutors at the local, state and federal level to investigate and bring child predators to justice."
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE 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. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 12,000 individuals.
ICE encourages the public to report 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 Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.