Three U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents earned recognition from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for locating and rescuing five young Pennsylvania girls from sexual abuse.
The NCMEC’s Heroes’ Awards took place at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22.
NCMEC honored HSI Special Agents Christopher Neville, Henry Cook and Eli Bupp for their race against the clock to stop the sexual abuse of five young girls who were being photographed and had their images posted online. The agents used advanced technology, extensive man hours, and clues found in the images of abuse to identify and locate the children hundreds of miles away. The children were rescued and the abuser arrested.
Postal Inspector Mike Corricelli and Pennsylvania State Trooper Nick Cortese were also part of the team receiving recognition.
The purpose of the Heroes’ Awards is to recognize outstanding law enforcement personnel who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to rescue missing or sexually exploited children.
If you know of any children who may be victims of sexual abuse, please contact the NCMEC Cyber Tipline at 1 (800) 843-5678.