JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A DuBois resident was indicted June 3, by a federal grand jury in Johnstown for one count of possession of child pornography. The indictment follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia.
Glenn Bailey, 56, is alleged to have knowingly possessed videos and images of child pornography, including images which depict prepubescent minors and minors who have not attained 12 years of age. The content was then allegedly shipped and transported in interstate or foreign commerce by means of a computer. If convicted, he faces a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
The investigation is part of HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE 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, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case in the Western District of Pennsylvania.