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04/01/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation

The operation was an undercover investigation targeting individuals soliciting sexual conduct with minors. In the course of the operational period, the below defendants were arrested and accused of various sex crimes offenses. Two defendants have been charged with child sex trafficking.

03/27/2020
Missoula, MT
Child Exploitation

Todd Louis Pajnich, 30, pleaded guilty in December to sexual exploitation of a child.

03/24/2020
New Orleans, LA
Child Exploitation

In coordination with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes Unit, HSI Lake Charles special agents determined John Michael Ward, 45, of Westlake, abused a juvenile victim over a two year period and, on two occasions, coerced the minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of capturing sexually explicit videos of the minor. Ward was serving as a pastor of Bellview Baptist Church in Westlake, LA, at the time of his arrest.

03/13/2020
Chicago, IL
Child Exploitation

David J. Cottrell, 30, of Niles, Illinois, enticed the underage victim into sending him sexually explicit photos of herself via online social messaging applications. 

03/03/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation

Daniel Seibert, 28, of Lake Forest, was taken into custody this morning by HSI special agents, and is expected to make his initial appearance tomorrow afternoon in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.

02/28/2020
Baltimore, MD
Child Exploitation

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake today sentenced Rody L. Bowden, age 41, of Prince George’s County, Maryland, to 22 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, on the charge of sex trafficking of a minor.

02/27/2020
Chicago, IL
Enforcement and Removal

That detainer was not honored and on Feb. 19, 2020, Puente was once again arrested, except this time it was for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old at a fast food restaurant.

02/25/2020
Seattle, WA
Child Exploitation

Seth Anthony Johnson, 35, of Twin Falls, Idaho, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, and sexual exploitation of minor after a prior conviction for a felony sex offense, HSI Seattle acting SAC Eben Roberts and U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today.

02/21/2020
Las Vegas, NV
Child Exploitation

According to court documents, in May 2019, Yahoo, Inc. reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of its users received 14 images of child pornography from Viola, who was using the darkweb Tor network to distribute child pornography.

02/21/2020
San Francisco, CA
Child Exploitation

Paul Marshall Bodner, 64, a former substitute teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, was arrested by ICE's HSI Agents Feb. 13, on charges related to sex tourism in Vietnam.

02/21/2020
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation
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Christopher James Regan, 38, a former shipping logistics manager, was sentenced to 90 years in prison after pleading guilty in October 2019 to conspiracy to produce child pornography and two counts of producing child pornography. Tanya Marie Regan, 35, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after her October 2019 guilty plea to conspiracy to produce child pornography and possession of prepubescent child pornography.  

02/20/2020
Madison, WI
Child Exploitation

Daniel Peggs, 32, of Altoona, Wisconsin, was indicted Feb. 12 by a federal grand jury. The indictment, unsealed after his arrest, alleges he recruited a minor to engage in a commercial sex act, and caused the victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography using a cell phone.

02/20/2020
San Francisco, CA
Child Exploitation

Clifford Chandler Grader, 42, of Santa Rosa, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer Feb. 12, to four years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

02/19/2020
Springfield, MO
Child Exploitation

Terry Lee Miksell, 63, of Diamond, Missouri, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. This indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Miksell Jan. 28.

02/18/2020
Reno, NV
Child Exploitation

Randall Linscheid, of Reno, pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2019, to one count of possession of child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du presided over the sentencing. In addition to the term of imprisonment followed by lifetime of supervised release, Linscheid must register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

02/12/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation
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Ernesto Gomez-Enciso, 36, of Phoenix, pleaded guilty to two felony counts. In each count, Gomez-Enciso admitted to possessing a sexually explicit video involving a child who was estimated to be less than 13 years of age.

02/12/2020
Denver, CO
Child Exploitation

David Delaney, 29, of Golden, Colorado, was also ordered pay $3,000 in restitution to a victim of his crime. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, Delaney was remanded to custody of the United States Marshal Service. 

02/11/2020
Urbana, IL
Child Exploitation

On Sept. 9, 2019, Dennis H. West, 44, of Atwood, Illinois, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation of minors in 2017 and 2018.

02/06/2020
Jackson, MS
Child Exploitation

Daniel Haughton, 45, of Brandon, was sentenced on one count of possession and one count of transportation of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Tom Lee.

02/04/2020
Alexandria, VA
Child Exploitation

According to court documents and admissions made in connection to his plea agreement, Colonel Mark Visconi, 48, of Fairfax, received and attempted to receive child pornography through the Internet.

02/04/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation
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The case against Donald Dale Knuckles, 61, of Phoenix, began in November of 2018 when HSI special agents in Phoenix observed a computer that was sharing digital files containing graphic depictions of child sexual exploitation over a peer-to-peer file sharing network.

01/31/2020
Omaha, NE
Child Exploitation

Jack Eugene Knight, 54, of Valley, Nebraska, was sentenced on two counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr.  Knight was convicted of the offenses following a four-day jury trial in October 2019.

01/31/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation

Operation Silent Predator was an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking. Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children. 26 suspects were identified for soliciting and/or brokering deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.

01/29/2020
Brownsville, TX
Child Exploitation

Pedro Angel Garcia, 26, from Brownsville, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rolando Olvera to 78 months for distribution of child pornography. Garcia was also sentenced to 78 months for receipt and possession of child pornography.

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