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09/20/2019
Tampa, FL
Child Exploitation

According to the complaint, an individual using the screen name “thehoff727” distributed child pornography on Snapchat, a mobile web-based communications application. Further investigation revealed that the Internet Protocol (IP) address and subscriber information associated with that account was linked to the residence of Matthew Enhoffer, 34, of St. Petersburg, a police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

09/19/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

Liam Heim, 23, in early 2018, while living in Florida, started an online forum on the messaging service Discord, through which he met a 12-year-old girl living with her parents in southern New Jersey.  Heim groomed his seventh-grade victim to believe that they were in a romantic relationship, eventually convincing her to meet with him in person so that he could sexually assault her.

09/17/2019
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation

Baldemar Cardenas-Martinez, 52, who pleaded guilty to the charges May 20, was also ordered to register as a sex offender and comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet.

09/13/2019
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
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The HERO Corps program recruits and trains wounded, ill, or injured active-duty service members, transitioning active-duty service members and military veterans for employment to support law enforcement in the areas of child exploitation investigations, child victim identification, traveling child sex offenders, and digital forensics. This program is a one-year internship, which includes a three-month initial training followed by a nine-month hands-on training in ICE field offices nationwide.

09/12/2019
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation

Jon Anthony Terry, 30, in Rockwall, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 years in federal prison for producing and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, Northern District of Texas.

09/09/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

Matthew Laver, 38, was indicted in March 2019 after an investigation into the defendant’s collection of almost 4,000 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children that he downloaded and distributed to other users on the internet over approximately ten years.

09/09/2019
Portland, OR
Child Exploitation

After years of contentious litigation and attempts to obstruct justice, Andrew Franklin Kowalczyk, 44, formerly of Portland, was sentenced today to 270 years in federal prison followed by a life term of supervised release for the repeated sexual abuse, exploitation and torture of three young children.

09/05/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation

Sean David Sigler, 55, of Burbank, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of production of child pornography. Sigler, whom a federal grand jury indicted in May 2018, previously taught fifth-grade students at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank and at Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood.

09/04/2019
San Antonio, TX
Child Exploitation

Jeffrey Clinton Michalik, 44, from San Antonio, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 9 by Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra.

08/30/2019
Wichita, KS
Child Exploitation
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After his arrest in November 2018, a second search revealed Daniel Eric Merida, 35, El Dorado, Kansas, had used online storage to transport more child pornography, and he was in possession of more child pornography on his phone.

08/28/2019
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation

Joshua David LeCompte, 34, pleaded guilty on Feb. 21, 2019, to distributing child pornography and was sentenced Aug. 28 to 151 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

08/23/2019
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation

Adam Donald Bennet, 36, pleaded guilty in April to one count of sexually exploiting children following an HSI-led investigation. He was sentenced Aug. 23 by Senior U.S. District Judge John McBryde.

08/22/2019
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation

According to the plea agreement, during the months of May through August of 2018, Báez-Aponte used the Facebook Messenger application to communicate with a 12-year-old male to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce the minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Báez-Aponte requested sexually explicit photos from the male minor and sent him sexually explicit photos. The sexually explicit conduct occurred in at least four times at the defendant’s residence.

08/22/2019
Providence, RI
Child Exploitation

Jordan Monroe, 54, has been detained in federal custody since his arrest by HSI special agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on May 12, 2016, when, during a court-authorized search of his residence, he was found to be in possession of tens of thousands of images and nearly a thousand videos containing child pornography.

08/21/2019
Pocatello, ID
Child Exploitation

Joseph Lavern Harris, 32, of Rigby, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 300 months in prison, for sexual exploitation of a minor child, Brad Bench of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Seattle field office and U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.

08/21/2019
Peoria, IL
Child Exploitation

In addition to the 160-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm, Central District of Illinois, also ordered that Eric Ingram, 31, of Washington, Illinois, remain on supervised release for eight years following his release from incarceration.

08/16/2019
Houston, TX
Child Exploitation

Martin Mejia Ramos, aka Ricardo Morales Rodriguez and Martin Jose Romes-Ramirez, pleaded guilty May 10, 2019, to illegally reentering the United States following an aggravated felony conviction.

08/14/2019
Chicago, IL
Child Exploitation

Ronald Feder, 32, of Skokie, Illinois, offered to give child pornography to an individual he met online in exchange for what Feder thought would be access to molest the individual’s nephew and niece. 

08/14/2019
Pocatello, ID
Child Exploitation

Lex Bennett Goodwin, 34, of Pocatello, was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison for producing, transporting, and possessing child pornography, Brad Bench of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Seattle Field Office and U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today.

08/13/2019
Greenbelt, MD
Child Exploitation

U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm today sentenced Steven Hadley Hassan, age 52, of Frederick, Maryland, to 40 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexually abusing minors to produce child pornography and transporting those images to the United States.

08/09/2019
Tucson, AZ
Child Exploitation

Twelve agencies participated in the operation, including ICE's HSI, Tucson Police Department, CBP, FBI, USMS, ATF, USSS, Oro Valley Police Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Public Safety, Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

07/31/2019
Honolulu, HI
Child Exploitation

George Alexis Theros, 76, was arrested yesterday by special agents with ICE's HSI Honolulu and officers with the Maui Police Department. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by HSI in Honolulu and Panama, U.S. Dept. of State’s DSS Overseas Criminal Investigations and local law enforcement in Panama and Thailand.

07/29/2019
San Salvador, El Salvador
Child Exploitation
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The trainings, which took place between June 17-21 and June 24-28, 2019, were designed to help participating law enforcement officers, agents, prosecutors, and judges understand the crimes of sex trafficking/forced labor and child exploitation/sexual child abuse and how to work these types of cases. The ICE HSI delegations not only provided insight into each crime, but also discussed the challenges they face when investigating and prosecuting human trafficking and child exploitation cases in the United States.

07/22/2019
Pocatello, ID
Child Exploitation

Elizabeth Dawn Evans, 28, of Rigby, Idaho, was sentenced last Friday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of minors.

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