(MCALLEN, Tx.) Justice Dept Court Report: A South Texas man was convicted Dec. 17 for selling child pornography images following a joint ICE/HSI & Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force probe #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.29: According to court documents, ICE HSI had learned a computer was receiving child pornography. They were able to trace it to De Leon at his residence. He admitted he was actively involved in speaking with individuals who were interested in buying child pornography via applications on his cell phone. ICE HSI conducted a search of his phone and discovered he had tried to sell child pornography as recently as a month prior to their arrival at his residence.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: Astro Rey De Leon, 34, of McAllen, was convicted in federal court. During that hearing, he admitted to possessing child pornography with the intent to sell it on the internet

De Leon is scheduled to be sentenced March 1, 2022. At that time, De Leon faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

De Leon remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eliza Carmen Rodriguez, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting the case.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Dec.29: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Report: Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Sexual Exploitation of a Child including sex-abuse of a child #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: According to court documents, on July 22, 2015, Scott Lane, 37, of New York, New York, and others were on a particular video-conferencing platform when a man in Pennsylvania, co-conspirator William Augusta, began sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy:

Project Safe Childhood: ‘A former executive director for a university’s donor relations and fundraising programs in New York was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for multiple child pornography crimes, including his participation in the sexual abuse of a 6-year-old’

Lane and others encouraged Augusta to sexually abuse the boy for everyone to watch live. Specifically, Lane, using the alias “NYC Perv,” instructed Augusta to “make out with him,” and further instructed Augusta to engage in specific sexual acts with the boy. An undercover Toronto Police detective constable observed the sexual abuse via the video-conferencing platform, and the following day, law enforcement rescued the child and arrested Augusta, who had been sexually abusing the child for approximately two years. A subsequent search of Lane’s electronic devices revealed that Lane possessed multiple videos of prepubescent child pornography.

“The successful prosecution of the 15 individuals in this case, many of whom were responsible for the reprehensible sexual abuse of a 6-year-old child on a live-streaming, video-conferencing platform, demonstrate the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to targeting dangerous sexual abusers of children, however they commit their crimes,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “We will continue to work closely with our domestic and foreign law enforcement partners to identify, prosecute, and hold accountable those who exploit children, no matter the technological means they use to commit their heinous crimes.”

“This defendant and his co-conspirators engaged in truly hideous behavior toward a child,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. “The lengthy sentence imposed today, and the lengthy sentences imposed earlier, reflect our office’s commitment to protecting vulnerable victims and punishing individuals who engage in this type of abhorrent behavior. I want to thank all the prosecutors and law enforcement agents who worked tirelessly to make sure justice was served in this case.”

“Today’s sentence demonstrates the severity of the crimes committed in this case,” said Special Agent in Charge Brian A. Michael for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia. “The defendant perpetuated unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims, a child. Homeland Security Investigations and our law enforcement partners are devoted to identifying, investigating, and prosecuting offenders like the defendant ensuring they will never harm another child. We hope today’s sentencing can bring some solace to the victim in their recovery.”

In May 2016, 15 individuals were charged in an 18-count superseding indictment by a grand jury in the Middle District of Pennsylvania with multiple child exploitation offenses, many of which related to 14 co-conspirators’ involvement in using the video-conferencing website to produce, advertise, distribute, and/or receive child pornography. Twelve of the defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial, and two went to trial in January 2018. The defendants were sentenced to between six and a half years and 60 years. One defendant died after pleading guilty but before sentencing, and another defendant died before trial.

Lane pleaded guilty to six counts of child pornography crimes on Jan. 11, 2018, including conspiracy to produce and production of child pornography. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to serve 15 years of supervised release and to pay $50,000 of restitution to the then-6-year-old victim as well as $476.95 to another victim.

HSI Philadelphia, the Toronto Police Service, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and the North Middleton Police Department investigated the case, with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section’s (CEOS) High Technology Investigative Unit.

CEOS Trial Attorney Austin M. Berry and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Ford of the Middle District of Pennsylvania prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.02: 2021:

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` Fourteen Men Operating a ` Child Pornography ‘ website `Darknet’s Onion Router ‘ have been arrested and charged as part of a Conspiracy’

#AceSecurityNews – WASHINGTON – Fourteen men operating a child pornography website on the Darknet’s Onion Router, also known as Tor, have been arrested and charged as part of a conspiracy to operate a child exploitation enterprise, following an extensive international investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and USPIS.

Eleven have been federally charged in the Eastern District of Louisiana and three in other districts. All are in federal custody.

The website’s primary administrator, Jonathan Johnson, 27, of Abita Springs, La., has been charged with operating a child exploitation enterprise. He admitted to creating multiple fake female personas on popular social networks to target and sexually exploit children and to coaching other child predators in his inner circle to do the same. Jonathan Johnson has been in federal custody since his arrest June 13, 2013, and faces 20 years to life in prison.

“Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation,” said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale.

“Our agency is seeing a growing trend where children are being enticed, tricked and coerced on-line by adults to produce sexually explicit material of themselves. While we will continue to prioritize the arrest of child predators, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem: education is the key to prevention.”

Read More: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1403/140318washingtondc.htm

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#US : “Law Makers `Make a Move’ to make `Revenge Porn’ Illegal” even though `ACLU’ Objects”

#AceNewsServices  `US Lawmakers Move to make `Revenge Porn‘Illegal Though ACLU Object on `Free Speech Grounds’

 

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Lawmakers in several US states moved a few weeks ago to outlaw so-called “revenge porn” the act of leaking explicit sexual videos and other revealing information on-line without another person’s consent.

In Illinois, State Senator Michael Hastings submitted a bill recently, that would make it a felony for a person to knowingly place, post or reproduce on the Internet “a photograph, video, or digital image of a person in a state of nudity, in a state of sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration, without the knowledge and consent of that person.”

The bill also would make it a crime to require a fee to get related content removed from a website. The maximum penalty would be up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine, though judges would be able to hand down more lenient sentences at their own discretion.

In the Pennsylvania State the Senate voted unanimously voted to approve a bill which would make revenge porn targeting minors a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Posting sexually explicit images of people without their permission who are 18 or older, meanwhile, would be a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries up to two years behind bars.

The bill will now be sent to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Lawmakers in Arizona also submitted a bill to the state’s House of Representatives which would make revenge porn-sharing a Class-5 felony – the second-lowest level of felony in Arizona. If the person depicted in the footage or pictures “is recognizable,” however, the charge would be upgraded to a Class 4 felony.

Revenge porn is often uploaded by jilted lovers, although hackers often obtain comprising images of individuals as well. The sexually explicit images and video are often accompanied by personal information, including the pictured individual’s full name, social media contacts and other personal information.

Apart from acute emotional stress which has pushed some victims to suicide, the practice has also contributed to offline stalking and physical assault.

AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre

AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre

 

 

Support for banning revenge porn, however, is not universal. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has often argued against it on free speech grounds, claiming the material should not be illegal as long as it does not violate child pornography or stalking laws.

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Direct...

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director, taken at Amnesty International protest in Miami, May, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In regard to a recently introduced bill in Arizona, University of Arizona law professor Derek Bambauer says the bill has First Amendment problems and is “almost certainly unconstitutional,” The Phoenix New Times reports.

“This is the trouble with some of the draft legislation floating around out there that gets copied and pasted without the intervention of legal analysis. This bill is plainly unconstitutional – it offers no exception for matters of public concern or newsworthiness,” Bambauer said.

“Here’s the hypo that shows why it’s DOA: I have an image of Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton engaged in a sex act. I publish it in the newspaper. Can I be prosecuted? Clearly not – it’s a matter of public concern (the president is having an affair with an intern, a government employee), so the First Amendment blocks the prosecution.”

US courts have a tendency to overturn legislation that restricts free speech.

So far, New Jersey and California are the only states which have enacted laws to make revenge porn a criminal offense, although bills are pending in 13 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Chicago Tribune reports.

New Jersey’s law makes it a felony for a person to distribute “sexually explicit” photographs and films of an individual when they know they don’t have the subject’s consent.

California’s law, which was passed this past October, makes the distribution of “intimate” photographs or films taken of a victim “with the intent to cause serious emotional distress” a misdemeanor. Unlike New Jersey, however, in California the distributor must also be the photographer to be criminally liable, and the distribution of “selfie” images is still permissible.

Recently, the FBI arrested Hunter Moore, who has been dubbed the “king of revenge porn,” and an alleged accomplice in California on suspicion of hacking into email accounts to steal sexually explicit photos of their alleged victims.

Another alleged revenge porn godfather, Kevin Bollaert, was arrested in California in December on similar charges.

In January, Israel became the first country to pass a law that classifies revenge porn as a sex crime. Several EU states also have broad privacy statutes that may be applicable to revenge porn.

 

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” Teen Girl found `Tweeting Nude Selfie’s’ has been Charged with a Child Porn Felony”

#AceNewsServices says `Teen girl gets child porn charge over Nude Selfie’s

English: Warning Banner for Operation Protect ...

English: Warning Banner for Operation Protect Our Children (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 16-year-old Virginia girl was charged with a child porn felony for tweeting her own naked pictures.

The girl, whose name has not been revealed, was charged as a juvenile with“possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography,” Stephanie Williams-Ortery of James City County Police told the Huffington Post.

“The young lady acknowledged that she had posted the pictures of herself [and] the mother acknowledged that the photos were of her daughter,” the officer said.

It’s not clear how many lewd pictures are involved in the case, but they were posted sometime around January 30. The police were warned by an anonymous tip.

Being a juvenile, the girl is not required to register as a sex offender under Virginia law. But she would have to comply with a court order, which is likely to tell her and her parents to take a sexting education program.

Some people in the community don’t agree with the harsh charge brought against the teen, according to local broadcaster WAVY.

“I don’t think she should be charged with child pornography, because she is a child herself, but if she was 18 or older of course,” said one local parent, Emily Altman.

“That is distributing,child pornography?” said another parent, Dometre Mobley.“She is a child, I don’t know what to think of that really.”

 

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North Virginia: ” GOP Congressional Candidate Senator {Dick} Black Says Spousal Rape Not a Crime”

#AceWorldNews says after taking a drubbing in last year’s state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace long-time GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A:

As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

Read More at:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/gop-congressional-candidate-richard-dick-black-spousal-rape-not-a-crime

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