PHILADELPHIA - John C. Termin, 33, of Irwin, Pa., was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment on April 15, 2009, in federal court in Pittsburgh, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, on his conviction of possession of child pornography. This case resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Termin traded child pornography with a man in California using the Google Hello program. The arrest of Termin's California trading partner led ICE to search Termin's residence. Child pornography was discovered on Termin's computer and on compact discs during the search of his home on Sept. 17, 2008.
ICE investigated this case with U.S. Postal Service Inspectors, and Allegheny County Police detectives.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative launched in 2003 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 1-866-347-2423. 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.