Charles Glenn Perkins, 53, came to the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after being turned around at the U.S.-Canada border last December. Canadian border officials denied admission to Perkins because of his prior 1987 and 1990 child molestation convictions. A review of his laptop at that time by Canadian authorities revealed two images of nude children. They notified U.S. officials and HSI special agents obtained a search warrant for Perkins’ residence where they seized digital media. Forensic analysis revealed Perkins had received and possessed more than 600 images and 10 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Perkins pleaded guilty to the charge in June.
The investigation was 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 1-866-347-2423 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, 1-800-843-5678.
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.