ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:15:15 -0400 HSI El Paso-led multi-agency operation results in recovery of 24 missing children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-led-multi-agency-operation-results-recovery-24-missing-children The week-long operation conducted in mid-May is ongoing. The Paseo Del Norte Center of Hope, the El Paso Center for Children Youth Outreach & Housing Division and Drop-in Center also assisted. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-led-multi-agency-operation-results-recovery-24-missing-children Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:53 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation ICE HSI, international law enforcement partners arrest over 85 in Operation Protected Childhood 8 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-international-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-over-85-operation-protected ICE HSI in collaboration with Brazil Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) Secretariat for Integrated Operations (SEOPI) Cyber Laboratory, executed phase eight of Operation Protected Childhood (OPC) resulting in the arrest of approximately 88 alleged child predators. This large-scale simultaneous enforcement action was executed between June 8 and June 11. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-international-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-over-85-operation-protected Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:08 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI, law enforcement partner investigation results in repeat offender sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of images of child rape and abuse https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partner-investigation-results-repeat-offender-sentenced-10-years Michael David Mathisen, who pleaded guilty in October 2020, has past convictions in 1984 and 1994 for sexually molesting children under the age of nine. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partner-investigation-results-repeat-offender-sentenced-10-years Mon, 06/07/2021 - 16:14 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI-led investigation results in lengthy prison sentence for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-results-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation According to documents on file with the court, Preston Andrew Watson, 30, of Scott County, Tennessee, duped, extorted and threatened minors located in the United States and abroad to obtain sexually explicit images from them. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-results-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation Thu, 06/03/2021 - 13:51 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Tennessee man faces federal charges in child exploitation after HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-man-faces-federal-charges-child-exploitation-after-hsi-investigation Leon B. Hensley, 40, formerly of Clarksville and currently living in Lake Whales, Florida, was arrested this morning near his home in Florida. He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Tampa, Florida, later today. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-man-faces-federal-charges-child-exploitation-after-hsi-investigation Thu, 05/20/2021 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Phoenix HSI agents arrest alleged sexual predator https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-alleged-sexual-predator Justin Hansing, 36, of Mesa, was arrested by HSI special agents and MPD officers, May 13 based on a referral from the HSI Pretoria office who detected explicit sexual conversations traced to Hansing’s residence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-alleged-sexual-predator Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Registered sex offender indicted on child exploitation and firearms offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/registered-sex-offender-indicted-child-exploitation-and-firearms-offenses According to an April 2021, criminal complaint, law enforcement officials opened an investigation into Kenneth Swartz, 63, of Eddyville, Kentucky, after receiving a complaint alleging that he attempted to photograph a minor while shopping at a local store in May 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/registered-sex-offender-indicted-child-exploitation-and-firearms-offenses Mon, 05/17/2021 - 16:24 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Phoenix HSI agents arrest 2 alleged sexual predators https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-2-alleged-sexual-predators Jerome Evard, 32, of Phoenix was arrested by HSI special agents April 26, based on a referral from the HSI Ottawa office who detected explicit sexual conversations in a parent control application downloaded on two smart phones. Following the tip of an additional alleged child predator, HSI special agents executed a search warrant April 29, which subsequently lead to the arrest of Jarrod Harrington, 32, of Mesa, Arizona, and the discovery of another child victim. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-2-alleged-sexual-predators Fri, 05/14/2021 - 14:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Ex-elementary school teacher sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography with former student following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ex-elementary-school-teacher-sentenced-30-years-federal-prison-producing-child Sean David Sigler, 56, of Burbank, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who described Sigler’s conduct as “inexcusable,” and further said, “Ruining the lives of minors is unspeakable.” https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ex-elementary-school-teacher-sentenced-30-years-federal-prison-producing-child Thu, 05/13/2021 - 10:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI Honolulu, Big Island, police join forces in child enticement operation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-honolulu-big-island-police-join-forces-child-enticement-operation HSI worked in cooperation with Hawaiʻi County Police to bust five men who intended to have sex with children, over the weekend. Nolan Okalani Tallett (46), Sonny Eugenio Puerto (29), Kanani Ikaika Perreir Yurong (31), Joseph Michael Powell (37), and Marshall Kawailani Baji (32) have been charged with electronic enticement of a child in the 1st degree. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-honolulu-big-island-police-join-forces-child-enticement-operation Tue, 05/11/2021 - 16:07 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation 2 Phoenix men face lengthy sentences for child exploitation convictions https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-phoenix-men-face-lengthy-sentences-child-exploitation-convictions Thomas Bowden, 41, was sentenced March 8, to 19 years in prison followed by lifetime probation; upon his release he will also be required to register as a sex offender. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of child exploitation on March 8. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-phoenix-men-face-lengthy-sentences-child-exploitation-convictions Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI seeks help identifying potential victims of ex-preschool teacher convicted of child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-preschool-teacher-convicted-child Paul Torres Jimenez De La Cuesta, 29, of Imperial Beach, California, pleaded guilty April 5 to distribution of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-preschool-teacher-convicted-child Wed, 05/05/2021 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigates Missouri man for child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-missouri-man-child-pornography Scott James Wells, 55, withdrew his plea of not guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool in order to enter a nolo contendere, or “no contest,” plea, neither admitting nor disputing the federal charges against him, but acknowledging the government had sufficient evidence to convict him of the crimes charged beyond a reasonable doubt. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-missouri-man-child-pornography Tue, 05/04/2021 - 14:43 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Seattle man pleads guilty federal crimes for creating sexually explicit images of children following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seattle-man-pleads-guilty-federal-crimes-creating-sexually-explicit-images-children Law enforcement served a search warrant at Scott’s residence in August 2019, seizing two computers and his mobile devices. An examination of a device revealed that he had taken sexually explicit photos of a minor child in his residence in July 2019. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seattle-man-pleads-guilty-federal-crimes-creating-sexually-explicit-images-children Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:24 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Former West Texas firefighter pleads guilty to possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-west-texas-firefighter-pleads-guilty-possessing-child-pornography Jeremy Lee Barrera, 36, former firefighter with the Odessa Fire Department (OFD), admitted in federal court he used his cell phone on the OFD network to access an online chat room where several videos, which depicted child pornography, were posted. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-west-texas-firefighter-pleads-guilty-possessing-child-pornography Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Salvadoran national sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/salvadoran-national-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-distributing-child-pornography Jose Ramon Aguilar-Moreno, 52, of Fontana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/salvadoran-national-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-distributing-child-pornography Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation West Texas investigation results in 60-year sentence in child exploitation case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-investigation-results-60-year-sentence-child-exploitation-case Alvaro Castillo, 64, a retired telecommunications network engineer of Englewood, Colorado, was convicted by a federal jury Nov. 18, 2020, of three counts of production of child pornography; one count of attempted production of child pornography; one count of transportation of child pornography; and one count of possession of child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-investigation-results-60-year-sentence-child-exploitation-case Mon, 04/26/2021 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI asks community to help identify potential victims of international fugitive https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-asks-community-help-identify-potential-victims-international-fugitive The suspect, Sergio Donizetti Luciano, 59, who is currently in federal custody, is a fugitive from justice in Brazil with a prior conviction for rape of a minor. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-asks-community-help-identify-potential-victims-international-fugitive Mon, 04/26/2021 - 13:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Oregon man charged with child exploitation crimes after stalking and exploiting Australian minor using social media, following HSI Investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oregon-man-charged-child-exploitation-crimes-after-stalking-and-exploiting-australian Jorge Rosales, 25, of Beaverton, Oregon, has been charged by criminal complaint with sexually exploiting children, distributing and possessing child pornography, cyberstalking, and enticing a minor online. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oregon-man-charged-child-exploitation-crimes-after-stalking-and-exploiting-australian Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Texas man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-possession-child-pornography Timothy Lynn Vandeventer, 55, was sentenced in the Northern District of Texas for receipt of Child Pornography on Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade. He pled guilty in Nov. 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-possession-child-pornography Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI Honolulu assists military law enforcement agencies in undercover operation targeting child predators https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-honolulu-assists-military-law-enforcement-agencies-undercover-operation-targeting “Operation Keiki Shield,” was conducted as part of the Hawaiʻi Department of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and included personnel from HSI Honolulu, NCIS, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-honolulu-assists-military-law-enforcement-agencies-undercover-operation-targeting Fri, 04/23/2021 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Reno man indicted for receiving, possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/reno-man-indicted-receiving-possessing-child-pornography According to court documents, beginning on or about April 24, 2018, Ryan Thomas Eley, 24, received and possessed USB flash drives, an external hard drive, and a cell phone that contained images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/reno-man-indicted-receiving-possessing-child-pornography Thu, 04/22/2021 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Former defense attorney convicted of multiple sex crimes involving children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-defense-attorney-convicted-multiple-sex-crimes-involving-children An undercover investigation of Kent Lowery Booher, 64, of Harriman, Tennessee, a convicted sex offender, revealed that he began communicating on Facebook with an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Over a period of five days, he used Facebook, text messaging, and telephone calls to attempt to entice the individual to engage in sexual activity. In March 2019, Booher was arrested by local law enforcement while on the way to meet with a minor child. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-defense-attorney-convicted-multiple-sex-crimes-involving-children Wed, 04/21/2021 - 17:01 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation Tennessee woman receives lengthy prison sentence for child exploitation offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-woman-receives-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation-offenses “HSI agents make it a top priority to work with all of our law enforcement partners to investigate predators involved with the production, distribution and possession of child sexual abuse material,” said Jerry C. Templet, Jr, special agent in charge of HSI Nashville. “Each year, millions of children fall prey to sexual predators, and it is imperative that we do our part to protect vulnerable children from victimization and ensure the perpetrators are punished for their heinous crimes.” https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-woman-receives-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation-offenses Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation HSI investigation leads to former case manager for homeless sentenced to 60 months for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-former-case-manager-homeless-sentenced-60-months-child Daniel Corbett, 32, who held a position of public trust as a former case manager at a nonprofit organization assisting homeless families was sentenced for the possession of child pornography, April 6, as the result of an HSI probe. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-former-case-manager-homeless-sentenced-60-months-child Mon, 04/19/2021 - 09:47 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Child Exploitation