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Rickie Sitler previously pleaded guilty to using a four-year-old child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images, admitting to committing the crime between late November and early December 2014.
The students, 12 from Honduras and 12 from the Dominican Republic, graduated Friday following training hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which has successfully trained hundreds of international law enforcement officials from about a dozen countries.
Kevin Barry O’Connell, 54, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography at his residence in Patchogue, New York. He faces a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Timoteo Gonzalez-Leiva, 42, of Honduras, was encountered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in January following the completion of his prison sentence for a battery conviction in Caddo Parish.
The award, known as the National OCDETF Outstanding Investigation Award, is for Operation “White Rhino,” which involved investigating a large-scale cocaine and ecstasy smuggling organization that trafficked drugs across the U.S.-Canada border.
Gregory J. Chavez, 51, was taken into custody Wednesday at his Porter Ranch residence and is being held on $1.2 million bond pending his arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Chavez is charged with 40 felony counts, including residential burglary, grand theft by false pretense and attempted grand theft by false pretense.
Thirty fugitive or convicted criminal aliens were arrested in or around Oklahoma City, or around Guymon, Oklahoma, during a four-day initiative that ended Sunday, and was conducted by local officers from ICE ERO.
Arunachalam Annamalai, 48, a resident of Las Vegas, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to charges that he participated in the software piracy conspiracy. Annamalai is the owner and operator of Vegascart LLC.
A lot of child pornographers are drawn to the Tor, or the Onion Router. It’s very difficult to track and identify child predators going through the Tor because the network is routed through thousands of relays across the globe and, therefore, identities are masked.
Heesham Broussard, 38, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, also known as Sudan, was found guilty by a jury for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft following a four day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.
After serving his prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore also ordered Donnie Waldo Jr., 48, of Dover, Arkansas, to serve 10 years on supervised release. The defendant, who appeared at the hearing in custody, was remanded at its conclusion.
Several of those arrested were members of the Bloods and Crips gangs. The defendants allegedly made numerous narcotics purchases, including heroin and cocaine, and weapon purchases during the course of the investigation. Some of the defendants face charges for narcotics conspiracy as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Both of these charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Ladestro Douglas, aka “Derek Douglas,” 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 15 years in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender, and he was ordered to pay one of his victims, Jane Doe #1, $136,000 in restitution.
Daniel Vivas Ceron, 34, of Colombia, was charged with the following crimes: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and controlled substance analogues resulting in serious bodily injury and death; conspiracy to import controlled substances and controlled substance analogues into the US resulting in serious bodily injury and death; aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death; money laundering conspiracy and; operating a continuing criminal enterprise.
Tyler McIntosh, 26, of Belvidere, Illinois, was charged with one count of possessing child pornography with intent to deliver, a Class X felony; and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.
Steven Asir Thomas, 40, of Olympia, was informed by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour that the lengthy sentence was prompted by the amount of drugs involved and the defendant’s intent to have an attorney assaulted because of a business dispute involving his nightclub.