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Online Enticement Tip Leads to Arrest of Suspect Distributing Child Pornography
On Aug. 27, 2010, the CyberTipline received a report from a registered Electronic Service Provider (ESP) regarding suspected online enticement in a chat room involving what appeared to be 19-year-old male. The ESP provided information, including an e-mail address, screen name and zip code associated with the reported suspect. The ESP also provided the chat log, which detailed graphic sexual comments he made toward others in the chat room. Most concerning was the statement that he was interested in having sex with a 15-year-old boy.
An Exploited Children Division (ECD) analyst quickly determined that the reported zip code was from Chesapeake, Va. Through extensive online searches of the reported email address, she found three social networking site profiles which appeared to belong to the same individual. All three profiles contained pivotal clues, including:
- Corroboration of the Chesapeake locatoin
- A possible first and last name for the reported suspect
- A partial telephone number
- A cached posting with the name of a business where the reported suspect apparently worked
- Possible images of the reported suspect
The analyst made the CyberTipline report, including all the identifying information she gathered, available to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, an OJJDP-funded program out of the Bedford County Sheriffs Office. ICAC investigators immediately engaged law enforcement in the suspects local area.
On Feb. 17, 2012, the middle-aged suspect was arrested after a thorough investigation by the Chesapeake Police Department and the Virginia Beach Police Department. An initial review of the suspects computers revealed pornographic images of children, logs of sexually explicit conversations with what appear to be underage females and a large number of contacts with whom the suspect is believed to have traded child pornography some as far away as Australia and Belgium.
The suspect has been charged with two counts of Distribution of Child Pornography and four counts of Possession of Child Pornography. If convicted, he faces one to 10 years in prison for each of the possession charges and five to 20 years in prison for each of the distribution charges, with a mandatory minimum of five years for the second offense. Additional charges are expected following a complete forensic analysis of the suspects computer.
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