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December 17, 2010Wilmington, DE, United StatesChild Exploitation

Delaware man indicted on child pornography charges

WILMINGTON, Del. - Leonard Wasylyk, 48, of North Wilmington, Del., has been charged with one count each of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography, as outlined in an indictment by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to court documents filed in the case, ICE HSI executed a search warrant at Wasylyk's North Wilmington residence and arrested him on Dec. 9, 2010. Law enforcement agents recovered a computer from his bedroom which contained thousands of images of child pornography depicting mostly underage boys engaged in sex acts with other boys or adult males. Wasylyk was been detained since his Dec. 9, 2010 arrest on related charges.

If convicted on transportation and receipt of child pornography charges, Wasylyk faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment. On the possession of child pornography charge, Wasylyk faces a maximum sentence of 10 years. Wasylyk also faces a maximum fine of $250,000, and the possibility of lifetime supervised release on all charges.

This investigation is 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.

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 NCMEC's CyberTipLine.