HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania man was charged Tuesday with producing and possessing child pornography. The charge is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit.
Robert Lee Raeder Jr., 29, of Tamaqua, Pa., was charged by a federal grand jury with allegedly committing the offenses between January 2001 and December 2012. Raeder was taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police Dec. 20, 2012, on related state charges. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI 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. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.