ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 08:54:20 -0400 Thu, 06/23/2022 - 12:35 Motocross instructor indicted in multi-state HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/motocross-instructor-indicted-multi-state-hsi-investigation According to court documents, Ryan Meyung, 30, engaged six minor victims in sexually explicit conduct to produce images of child sexual abuse, and transported and possessed visual images of child sexual abuse. The alleged crimes occurred between 2019 and 2021; Meyung was arrested on state charges in December 2021 and has remained in custody. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/motocross-instructor-indicted-multi-state-hsi-investigation Thu, 06/23/2022 - 12:35 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI’s Project iGuardian shares tools to keep children safe online during summer break https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsis-project-iguardian-shares-tools-keep-children-safe-online-during-summer-break Project iGuardian focuses on keeping children and teens safer from online predators through education and awareness. The project is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safer online, and how to report abuse and suspicious activity. Project iGuardian helps children, teens and parents learn more about staying safe from online sexual predators. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsis-project-iguardian-shares-tools-keep-children-safe-online-during-summer-break Tue, 06/21/2022 - 11:01 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI El Paso investigation leads to guilty plea in child pornography case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-investigation-leads-guilty-plea-child-pornography-case According to court documents, in June 2021, special agents executed a search warrant on the residence of Kevin Holguin-Cano, 29, and found materials depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-investigation-leads-guilty-plea-child-pornography-case Fri, 06/17/2022 - 13:41 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI, law enforcement partner investigation leads to over 6-year child pornography prison sentence https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partner-investigation-leads-over-6-year-child-pornography-prison Marcus E. Gardner, 48, was also ordered to pay $78,000 in restitution to victims who have been identified by law enforcement in the approximately 11,000 images and 500 videos of child sexual abuse investigators found on Gardner's computer and external hard drives. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partner-investigation-leads-over-6-year-child-pornography-prison Thu, 06/16/2022 - 12:49 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI-led investigation leads to 25-year prison sentence for sexual exploitation of children by US Navy service member https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-leads-25-year-prison-sentence-sexual-exploitation-children-us According to the HSI investigation, Travis James Muckelroy, 27, used a social media platform to develop online relationships with children. On various occasions in April and September of 2021, Muckelroy instructed a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl to send him nude photographs or recordings of themselves engaging in sexual acts. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-leads-25-year-prison-sentence-sexual-exploitation-children-us Mon, 06/13/2022 - 08:43 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigation results in 17-and-a-half-year prison sentence for south Texas man possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-17-and-half-year-prison-sentence-south-texas-man-possessing Astro Rey De Leon, 33, was sentenced May 31 in federal court to 210 months in prison to include a lifetime of supervised release following the completion of his prison term. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. De Leon pleaded guilty Dec. 17, 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-17-and-half-year-prison-sentence-south-texas-man-possessing Thu, 06/09/2022 - 16:43 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI, law enforcement partners arrest 32 individuals suspected of child exploitation during Operation Blue Ghost https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-32-individuals-suspected-child-exploitation During Operation Blue Ghost, HSI Kansas City and HSI KCCET partners conducted an undercover child exploitation operation in and around Wichita, Kansas, May 17 to June 2, resulting in the arrest of 32 individuals suspected of crimes against children. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-32-individuals-suspected-child-exploitation Mon, 06/06/2022 - 14:07 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Illinois man receives 6-year child pornography prison sentence following joint HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illinois-man-receives-6-year-child-pornography-prison-sentence-following-joint-hsi Michael M. Rapa, 68, was sentenced June 2, to six years in prison for two counts of possession of prepubescent child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illinois-man-receives-6-year-child-pornography-prison-sentence-following-joint-hsi Mon, 06/06/2022 - 12:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI Albuquerque assists in arrest of former Honolulu police officer charged with multiple child sex offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-albuquerque-assists-arrest-former-honolulu-police-officer-charged-multiple-child Mason Jordan, 31, appeared in federal court June 3 in Albuquerque after his arrest June 2 on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, coercion, and enticement of a minor to engage in prostitution, sex trafficking of a child, and cyberstalking. On May 26, a Honolulu federal grand jury returned the eight-count indictment against Jordan, which was unsealed after his arrest. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-albuquerque-assists-arrest-former-honolulu-police-officer-charged-multiple-child Fri, 06/03/2022 - 11:34 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Former Nixa school official sentenced for child pornography following joint HSI, law enforcement partner investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-nixa-school-official-sentenced-child-pornography-following-joint-hsi-law Colby Fronterhouse, 42, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 years in federal prison without parole. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-nixa-school-official-sentenced-child-pornography-following-joint-hsi-law Fri, 06/03/2022 - 11:26 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigation results in Mount Pleasant man sentenced to federal prison for child pornography charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-mount-pleasant-man-sentenced-federal-prison-child Victor Alberto Elias Rodriguez, age 40, of Mount Pleasant, was sentenced Wednesday to 342 months in prison for the production of child pornography following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-mount-pleasant-man-sentenced-federal-prison-child Thu, 06/02/2022 - 11:22 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI Dallas-led investigation yields 20-year sentence for sex trafficker https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-dallas-led-investigation-yields-20-year-sentence-sex-trafficker Laderrick Dedemon Smith, 23, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan on May 26, 2022. He pled guilty on August 24, 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-dallas-led-investigation-yields-20-year-sentence-sex-trafficker Thu, 06/02/2022 - 08:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation ICE ERO Boston arrests criminal fugitive near Somerville, Massachusetts, convicted in Brazil on child rape charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-boston-arrests-criminal-fugitive-near-somerville-massachusetts-convicted Officers with the ICE ERO Boston field office arrested Vagner Brito Paixao in Somerville, Massachusetts on May 25, a criminal fugitive previously convicted and sentenced to serve 14 years in prison on child rape charges in Brazil. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-boston-arrests-criminal-fugitive-near-somerville-massachusetts-convicted Tue, 05/31/2022 - 13:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation 43 arrested, cited for drugs, weapons, crimes against children by HSI Phoenix and partnered agencies https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/43-arrested-cited-drugs-weapons-crimes-against-children-hsi-phoenix-and-partnered This was an undercover operation targeting the demand for commercial sex, sex buyers, and human trafficking, which led to 43 arrests for crimes including child sex trafficking, prostitution, drug charges, and misconduct involving weapons. The focus was on hotel prostitution and street prostitution enforcement. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/43-arrested-cited-drugs-weapons-crimes-against-children-hsi-phoenix-and-partnered Fri, 05/27/2022 - 13:17 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI El Paso locates, recovers 70 missing children in multi-agency operation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-locates-recovers-70-missing-children-multi-agency-operation “Operation Lost Souls” ran from the end of April through mid-May in El Paso, Midland and Ector and Tom Green counties. The missing youth, many of them runaways, ranged in age from 10 to 17. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-locates-recovers-70-missing-children-multi-agency-operation Wed, 05/25/2022 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigation leads to 12-year sentence for former reality television personality https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-12-year-sentence-former-reality-television-personality According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Joshua James Duggar, 34, repeatedly downloaded and viewed images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including images of prepubescent children and depictions of sadistic abuse. In addition to the 151-month sentence, Duggar must serve 20 years supervised release, register as a sex offender, and pay $50,000 in fines. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-12-year-sentence-former-reality-television-personality Wed, 05/25/2022 - 08:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigation and law enforcement partnerships lead to Florida man’s life sentence for child sex tourism https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-and-law-enforcement-partnerships-lead-florida-mans-life-sentence The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida sentenced Christopher Edwin Day, 52, to life in prison on May 16. Day previously pled guilty to two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor into illegal sexual activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-and-law-enforcement-partnerships-lead-florida-mans-life-sentence Tue, 05/24/2022 - 11:13 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation South Texas man sentenced for child pornography following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-child-pornography-following-hsi-investigation Daniel Lee Ogorzolka, 70, from Pleasanton, Texas, was sentenced May 23 in federal court to 75 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release to include paying $20,000 in restitution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-child-pornography-following-hsi-investigation Mon, 05/23/2022 - 13:25 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation 29 arrested in HSI Phoenix, multiagency operation targeting alleged child sex and human traffickers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/29-arrested-hsi-phoenix-multiagency-operation-targeting-alleged-child-sex-and-human Last week, results from an undercover operation dubbed “April Fools” aimed at targeting alleged sexual predators was announced by local law enforcement in partnership with ICE's HSI. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/29-arrested-hsi-phoenix-multiagency-operation-targeting-alleged-child-sex-and-human Thu, 05/19/2022 - 15:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI, Brazil law enforcement partners take down international child exploitation ring https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-law-enforcement-partners-take-down-international-child-exploitation-ring HSI Brazil, receiving information from the PF’s Child Pornography/Exploitation and Hate Crimes Unit in May 2020, coordinated efforts targeting subscribers of the website in the United States and other countries. The Brazil-based ‘child modeling’ website is alleged to contain child exploitation material widely distributed via the dark web. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-law-enforcement-partners-take-down-international-child-exploitation-ring Thu, 05/19/2022 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI Nogales investigation leads to guilty plea of man for transportation of child pornography depicting minor victim in Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-nogales-investigation-leads-guilty-plea-man-transportation-child-pornography Adolfo Aburto-Gonzalez, 24, is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 24, before United States District Judge Rosemary Márquez. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-nogales-investigation-leads-guilty-plea-man-transportation-child-pornography Thu, 05/19/2022 - 09:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Southeast Texas man gets 30 years for forcing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southeast-texas-man-gets-30-years-forcing-minor-engage-sexually-explicit-conduct Mauricio Ruiz, a 41-year-old resident of Alice, Texas, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender and serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Restitution will be determined at a later date. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southeast-texas-man-gets-30-years-forcing-minor-engage-sexually-explicit-conduct Fri, 05/13/2022 - 11:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI Baltimore-led investigation results in 22-year prison sentence for former Baltimore priest for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-results-22-year-prison-sentence-former-baltimore Fernando Cristancho, age 65, of Bel Air, Maryland, was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release, on May 11, for coercion and enticement of a minor who he met through the church to engage in illegal sexual activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-baltimore-led-investigation-results-22-year-prison-sentence-former-baltimore Wed, 05/11/2022 - 14:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigation results in a 20-year prison sentence of a San Antonio man for receipt and possession of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-20-year-prison-sentence-san-antonio-man-receipt-and Andres Antonio Ponce, 22, from San Antonio, was sentenced May 10 in federal court to 235 months in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Ponce pleaded guilty April 15, 20 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-20-year-prison-sentence-san-antonio-man-receipt-and Tue, 05/10/2022 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation ICE HSI investigation leads to Egyptian national being sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for grooming, sexually coercing a Texas minor https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-egyptian-national-being-sentenced-nearly-34-years-prison Ehab Sadeek, a 49-year-old Egyptian national living in Massachusetts, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 405 months in federal prison following multiple convictions of child exploitation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-egyptian-national-being-sentenced-nearly-34-years-prison Wed, 05/04/2022 - 13:56 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation