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Child Exploitation

Ohio man arrested on child exploitation charges

CINCINNATI - A 55-year-old Springfield, Ohio, man, who filmed and took explicit photographs of a minor, was arraigned in Hamilton County Court March 16 following an arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the Springfield Police.

Timothy McNamee was arraigned on two counts of gross sexual imposition with a child under the age of 13 and six counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity material.

An ICE investigation revealed McNamee photographed and filmed the minor nude and inappropriately touched the minor between 2006 and 2009. He later posted the images and video on a Web site.

"All children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of being sexually exploited," said Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Detroit. "ICE will relentlessly pursue anyone who physically abuses or sexually exploits our most vulnerable asset, our children."

The production of child pornography charge is punishable by a statutorily-mandated minimum sentence of 15 years, and a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment; the transportation of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years in prison; the possession of child pornography charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Each statute carries a fine of up to $250,000.

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 http://www.cybertipline.com.