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    Authorities arrested 141 people across Southern California with alleged ties to online child sex abuse following a weeklong sting operation that spanned five counties, officials said Wednesday. The operation, dubbed "Protect the Innocent," was spearheaded by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Los Angeles Police Department and took place on Sept. 6-12, according to a news release from the LAPD. The operation included arrests in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. MORALE LOW INSIDE LAPD'S FAMED ROBBERY-HOMICIDE DIVISION AS STAFF NUMBERS SLASHED The arrests followed an increase in online child sexual abuse reports, which coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. “When we first started in 2004, we started LAPD’s ICAC because we received 458 tips that year," Capt. Jeff Bratcher told the Los Angeles Times. "In 2019 that number rose to 8,500. In 2020, 2021, both years, were over 24,000. This year so far, we’re over 25,000, so we should end the year with over 36,000 cybertips. And each one of these tips was one more...
    Authorities arrested 141 people across Southern California — most of them on suspicion of possessing child sexual abuse material — as part of a weeklong operation targeting online abuse, officials said Wednesday. The effort was spearheaded by the long-running Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which comprises dozens of law enforcement agencies led by the LAPD. The results of the operation, which was conducted Sept. 6-12, were announced at a news conference outside Los Angeles police headquarters early Wednesday. LAPD Capt. Jeff Bratcher said many predators take advantage of the anonymity of the internet to target victims — for example, by infiltrating online gaming sites where they might try to convince a child to send images of themselves in exchange for virtual credits that can be used to make in-game purchases. The rise of esports and social media platforms in recent years has caused a surge in abuse reports, he said. “When we first started in 2004, we started LAPD’s ICAC because we received 458 tips that year. In 2019 that number rose to 8,500. In...
    Instagram suspended the pornography website Pornhub from its platform. The social platform removed the promotional account for the popular website on Saturday, according to Variety. It's unclear what guidelines the account may have violated. The removal arrives as Pornhub's parent company, Mindgeek, faces increased pressure from courts for its role in sharing child sexual abuse-related material. GEN Z AND MILLENNIALS DO NOT TRUST THE MEDIA: POLL Anti-pornography advocates praised the sudden suspension. "Instagram was right to remove Pornhub from its platform for violating its community standards given the increasing reports of Pornhub hosting child sexual abuse material (CSAM), sex trafficking, filmed rape, and non-consensual videos and images," said Dawn Hawkins, the CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, in a statement. The suspension arrived a month after Visa and Mastercard decided to cut off payment privileges from TrafficJunky, the advertising branch of Mindgeek. The two companies made the decision in light of a July court ruling that Visa could be liable in a suit over child sexual abuse material on Pornhub because it is the...
    The Jane Doe suing Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears for sexual abuse of a minor, among other accusations, is now calling on the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to “immediately arrest and prosecute” the comedians. On Monday, Jane Doe filed a pro se lawsuit on behalf of both herself and her 15-year-old brother—whom the complaint names with the alias “John.” According to the lawsuit, Jane and John knew Haddish as an “auntie” thanks to her long-standing friendship with their mother. They were 14 and 7 years old, respectively, when the complaint alleges that Haddish and Spears recruited them for comedy videos in which each child was asked to perform sexually suggestive acts on camera. In a letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón obtained by The Daily Beast, Jane points out—as The Daily Beast initially reported—that her mother filed a report with Las Vegas police in January of 2020, in which she named both Haddish and Spears. (The Daily Beast has seen a copy of the report.) The letter alleges that since Las Vegas authorities transferred the...
    (CNN)Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears have been accused of having "groomed and molested" two then-minor siblings years ago, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.The complainants are referred to as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" in the suit, which states their names are being withheld to protect their privacy.According to the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by CNN, "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" were 14 and 7, respectively, when they allege that Haddish and Spears had them participate in sexually suggestive videos in separate incidents in 2013 and 2014.When reached for comment by CNN, attorneys for Haddish and Spears called the allegations "bogus" and a "shakedown," respectively.According to the complaint, Haddish was a "longtime family friend" of the mother of the siblings who filed the lawsuit.Read More"Jane Doe" was enrolled in a comedy camp in 2013, where Haddish was a guest speaker and told the then-teen girl "she had a perfect role for her," the complaint states.The star allegedly drove the girl to a studio where she and Spears showed her a video of...
    A Hudson Valley man was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing an area girl for sexual years beginning when she was 7 years old. Rockland County resident Sherman Brody, age 46, of Haverstraw, was sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 1,  to 14 years in state prison, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II. Brody was also sentenced to 10 years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to one count of course of sexual conduct against a child, the DA said. The court also issued a full final order of protection in favor of the victim. From late 2017 to April 2021, Brody engaged in a course of sexual abuse against a young girl at various locations in Haverstraw, Walsh said.  The child was approximately 7 years old when the abuse began, he added. “Protecting our vulnerable young children from sexual predators is a major priority for my office, Walsh said. "With sentencing behind us, we must not forget the victim in this case and use all the resources available to support her."
    A D.C. man pleaded guilty to charges related to his sexual abuse of children for six years, officials said. Law enforcement's investigations revealed that Matthew Stitt-Johnson, 31, sexually abused three children, an eight-year-old, a five-year-old, and an eight-month-old, between 2015 and 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Though the five-year-old and her sister reported the abuse to their mother, nothing was reported to the police at that time, authorities said. In 2021, after police received a tip about the suspect, they found videos depicting the sexual abuse of the five-year-old victim and eight-month-old on his two cell phones, along with 13,000 images of child pornography, officials reported. Stitt-Johnson would distribute the child pornography on Internet forums that were allegedly dedicated to trading images of the rape and torture of infants and toddlers, authorities said. On December 17, 2021, Stitt-Johnson was arrested, the Attorney's Office said. He recently pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of second-degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances for abusing three minor children, officials said. His scheduling is sentenced for January...
    A registered sex offender in Maryland is facing decades in prison after admitting to the sexual exploitation of two young girls to produce child pornography, federal officials said. Rocky Ridge resident Dennis James Harrison, 40, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography, related to the sexual exploitation of two minors who were between the ages of 10 and 12 at the time of the abuse. As part of his plea, Harrison admitted that between 2018 and 2021, he sexually exploited two minor girls beginning when the one victim was 12 years old and when another victim was between 10 and 11 years old, to produce child porn.  Specifically, from at least September 2020 through August 2021, Harrison engaged in sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl who resided in Pennsylvania, according to prosecutors.  Harrison picked up the child from her residence and drove her to various locations in Maryland, including Harrison’s home, where he engaged in illegal sexual activity with her.  Prosecutors said that Harrison produced pictures and video of his sexual...
    An 'evil' social worker who made baseless claims of sexual and physical abuse against 40 mothers because of her own 'personal vendettas' with them is now facing a $1million lawsuit. Danielle Jurinsky, from Colorado, said her heart dropped when she received an eerie call from child protective services on January 29 informing her she was under investigation for sexually abusing her son.  The 38-year-old, Aurora City councilwoman and restaurant owner, began to weep at the gruesome allegation - especially considering she had no idea who had filed it.  'I was begging and pleading with her that I love my son so much,' Jurinsky told DailyMail.com. 'I love my son more than anything in this world.'  At the time, Jurinsky had no clue the person accusing her was Araphoe County child- protective worker, Robin Niceta, 41.  The mother is now spearheading a $1million 40-person class action lawsuit against the worker - who she claims removed dozens of children from their families because of personal vendettas she had against their mothers.  Some were reported to services and had their children taken away...
    A Hudson Valley man has been arrested for allegedly sexually multiple juvenile victims at daycare and in foster homes. Orange County resident John Olson, age 59, of the town of Warwick, was charged while incarcerated at the Delaware County Jail. An exact date of his arrest was not provided. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at a daycare/foster care home in the town of Warwick in Orange County and the town of Andes in Delaware County, the New York State Police said. Also arrested was Joan Parks, age 80, of the town of Mamakating in Sullivan County, for failing to report child abuse as a mandated reporter, state police said. The department said the arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the state police working in conjunction with Orange County Child Protective Services. It stemmed from allegations made that Olson sexually abused multiple juveniles in both Orange and Delaware counties. On Saturday, May 21, Olson was arrested in the town of Andes, Delaware County, for charges of predatory sexual assault against a child, and endangering the welfare of...
    A man from D.C. pled guilty to the sexual exploitation of a young child, officials said. Christopher Young, 31, pretended to be a young girl and reached out to a 10-year-old in June 2019 to exploit her, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Young blackmailed the young girl as a way to sexually abuse her, and told her that if she did not engage in sexual acts with him, he would send embarrassing pictures of the victim to her family, officials said. Law enforcement discovered pictures of Young's sexual abuse, that he took, on his email account, authorities said. The 10-year-old bravely explained the situation to her mother and Young was arrested in July 2019, officials said. On August 24, 2022, Young pled guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and second degree child sexual abuse for abusing a minor child, the Attorney's Office reported.
    A father was locked out of his Google Photos account after storing images of his child's infected groin that he intended to share with doctors. The photos were flagged as potential child sexual abuse material by an artificial intelligence (AI), triggering a police investigation, according to The New York Times.  This incident occurred in February 2021 when some doctors' offices were still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so consultations were taking place virtually. Named only as Mark, the concerned parent ended up losing access to his emails, contacts, photos and even his phone number, and his appeal was denied. It was not until December that year that the San Francisco Police Department found that the incident 'did not meet the elements of a crime and that no crime occurred.' This highlights the complications of using AI technology to identify abusive digital material, currently implemented by Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Google scans images and videos uploaded to Google Photos using its Content Safety API AI toolkit, released in 2018 . This AI was trained to recognise 'hashes', or unique digital fingerprints,...
    A West Friendship man has been arrested in connection to a child sexual abuse offense that occurred at a Taekwondo studio in 2021, authorities say. Steve Choi, 42, allegedly sexually abused the victim at Lion Choi's Taekwondo Studio in the 2000 block of Annapolis Road in Hanover over the course of several years, starting when the victim was 14, according to Anne Arundel County Police.  The Department of Social Services contacted police about the abuse on Sep. 8, 2021. The victim was interviewed at the Anne Arundel County Child Advocacy Center on Sep. 17, 2021. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Choi was arrested without incident and charged with multiple crimes related to sexual abuse of a minor.  As this is still an active and ongoing investigation, the Anne Arundel County Police is urging anyone with information on this or other incidents involving the suspect, Steve Choi, to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733. One can also remain anonymous by calling the Anne Arundel County Tip Line at 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
    Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying and locating a man in connection to a second-degree child sexual abuse offense in the DC area, authorities say. The incident occurred in the 100 block of District Square, Southwest on Sunday, Aug. 14 around 4:30 p.m., according to Metropolitan police. The suspect is accused of engaging in unwanted sexual contact with the victim before fleeing the scene. Detectives are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect.Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. 
    An autopsy has been ordered, and the cause of death is listed as pending. The Texas Rangers are investigating Leclair's death. “I can certainly say that it was highly emotional for everyone involved,” Howard told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “We were shocked by this. It does carry a lot of emotion and even more so for the jurors. They didn’t choose to do this. They were chosen, and as we told them, serving on a jury and making sure that the justice system works for the alleged victim and accused person is the cornerstone of being a citizen and making sure our government and society function.” Howard pondered how the court would proceed. “This is something that obviously doesn’t happen very often,” Howard said. “The judge in her 30 years and probably between us (prosecution, too) 100-plus years, [we] have never come across anything like this. The question is whether the legal thing to do is … declare a mistrial and have [the charges] dismissed, or is there another possible way to proceed?” According to a search warrant affidavit,...
    (CNN)A Texas man died Thursday shortly after being convicted of child sexual abuse. The prosecutor said Edward Leclair was seen drinking a bottle of liquid before having a medical emergency."As these verdicts were being read, he chugged a bottle of water he had at counsel table," Denton County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck told CNN Friday. Leclair was facing five counts of child sexual abuse relating to the same victim, Beck said, and had been free on bond until the verdict."Our investigator noticed him chug the water," Beck said, saying it appeared cloudy. "He told the bailiff he might want to go check on him. The bailiff did. He was unconscious in the holding cell," according to Beck."Shortly after entering the holdover cell, he started vomiting, and emergency services were called," Leclair's defense attorney, Mike Howard, told CNN Friday.Howard said his client had taken a "long drink from a water bottle" while listening to the verdict, but he did not know what was in the bottle.Read MoreBeck said "medical intervention" took place in the courthouse before Leclair was taken away...
    A series of investigations led by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and the Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has resulted in the arrests of 14 men this year, authorities said on Thursday, Aug. 11. From the beginning of 2020 to present, approximately 550 CyberTips have resulted in a total of 77 arrests in Monmouth County, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. The majority of this year's investigations originated via CyberTips that were forwarded to our office by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which revealed that these defendants used social media platforms to possess child sexual abuse material, Linskey said. The following individuals have been criminally charged: Earl Grant, 40, of Neptune, was arrested on January 21, 2022 and is charged with one count of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials). Michael Hernandez, 21, of Colts Neck, was arrested on February 24, 2022, and is charged with one count of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Sexual...
    More On: marcus mumford Mumford & Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford going solo Paul McCartney takes in Mumford & Sons show in the Hamptons Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford throw holiday charity dinner in New York Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford welcome baby No. 2 Marcus Mumford revealed that he was sexually abused when he was 6 years old. “I hadn’t told anyone about it for 30 years,” the singer, 35, said in a GQ interview published Wednesday, clarifying that his abuser was not in his family nor in the church. The former Mumford & Sons member’s mother, Eleanor Mumford, learned about the experience “in a f–king song, of all things,” he added of the single “Cannibal” from his upcoming “Self-Titled” album, out Sept. 16. The song’s lyrics include, “I can still taste you and I hate it / That wasn’t a choice in the mind of a child and you knew it.” When Eleanor heard the tune and asked her son what it was about, he replied, “‘Yeah, it’s about the abuse thing.'” The musician described the trauma...
    In response to the verdict, Oswald told KPRC-TV, "I'm heartbroken for the complainant and his family. I'm really disappointed in the outcome as a prosecutor – a child abuse prosecutor, and I'm disappointed as a citizen of Harris County." Dustan Neyland, Bodine's attorney, stated, "The court weighed in on all facts presented regarding the offense conduct as well as any mitigating factors. No case is like another and not every case deserves prison. The court has the obligation to make findings of what is in the best interest of society as well as the victim in determining the sentence and we believe the Judge followed the law and handed down an appropriate punishment." Judge Glass decided to delay Bodine's jail time for one year. According to the Judge, it would allow Bodine to take care of her newborn child. Reportedly, the victim is not the father of Bodine's infant. Jennifer Kratky, the mother of one of Bodine's former students, expressed that the community deserves to know why the teacher was given a light sentence. "To find out that she was...
    A former Pennsylvania State Police trooper was sentenced to 42 to 88 years in prison for sexually abusing a child, authorities said. Darren Lawrence, 62, of Wilmington, DE, was convicted in Sept. 2021 of 19 counts of abuse, including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and related offenses, Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said. An investigation into Lawrence began in Feb. 2020 when the victim, who is now over 21 years old, told Chester County detectives that she was sexually abused by him when she was between the ages of nine and 12, the DA said. The sexual abuse happened at least once a month when the victim was in Lawrence's care from 2006 to 2009 at different locations in Chester County, including at his home in Kennett Township, prosecutors said. “The sexual abuse and suffering this young woman endured when she was a child at the hands of Darren Lawrence is incomprehensible," DA Ryan said. "I commend her bravery and resilience in coming forward after so many years to get justice for herself. She...
    A Connecticut man who made his living supporting crime victims is heading to federal prison for further victimizing children who were sexually abused. Hartford County resident Robert Eccleston, age 58, of Canton, was sentenced to nine years behind bars Tuesday, Aug. 2 in federal court in Hartford for distributing images of child sex abuse. It followed his guilty plea in January 2022 to one count of distributing child pornography. Federal prosecutors said Eccleston, a Victim Services Advocate for the Hartford Superior Court, was arrested in December 2020 following an FBI investigation into various groups on the social media app Kik. Under the usernames “hartfordctguy” and “Mowgli100,” prosecutors said Eccleston distributed numerous pornographic images and videos in the groups showing children being sexually abused. Some of the victims were prepubescent children and toddlers, prosecutors said. Eccleston also played administrator for two Kik groups, often requiring new members to send him videos of child sex abuse in order to be admitted to the groups, prosecutors said. “This case is a harsh reminder that the sexual exploitation of children occurs across all segments...
    A 43-year-old Solano man may spend the rest of his life behind state prison bars for child sex crimes. Appearing in Department 23 on Friday, Anthony Maurice Mason heard Solano County Superior Court Judge John B. Ellis order him to serve 50 years to life for two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a minor under 14 years of age. Ellis also required Mason to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life should he ever be paroled. The lengthy sentence came after family members of the victims made “a powerful impact statement to the court” in the Justice Center in Fairfield, Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams said in a press release issued late Friday afternoon. A jury at his trial’s end on June 1 found Mason guilty of both counts and jurors also found to be true that he committed the crimes involving substantial sexual conduct against two children, Abrams added in the prepared statement. Court records showed that from March 6, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016, Mason began to commit these offenses against the...
    A Fox News Digital analysis of child sex crime data in school districts around the nation has found a minimum of 181 K-12 educators have been arrested on child-related sex crimes in the first half of 2022. Among those educators arrested were four principals, 153 teachers, 12 substitute teachers, and 12 teachers’ aides. The crimes ranged from child pornography to rape of students. “Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher,” Fox News Digital reported. According to the analysis, at least 77 percent, or 140 of the arrests, constituted alleged crimes against students. In 2015, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) proposed a provision in the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that required all states that receive federal education funds to pass a law banning the practice of “passing the trash,” or quietly allowing a suspected child sex abuser to leave one school district for another. A report released in June by the U.S. Education Department and titled “Study of State Policies to Prohibit Aiding and Abetting...
    By BRIAN MELLEY | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge privately told lawyers he would renege on a promise and imprison Roman Polanski for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in 1977, a former prosecutor testified, setting the stage for the renowned director to flee the U.S. as a fugitive. A previously sealed transcript obtained by The Associated Press late Sunday of testimony by retired Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson supports Polanski’s claim that he fled on the eve of sentencing in 1978 because he didn’t think he was getting a fair deal. Gunson said during closed-door testimony in 2010 that the judge broke a promise to let Polanski go free after state prison officials had determined he shouldn’t serve hard time. “The judge had promised him on two occasions … something that he reneged on,” Gunson said. “So it wasn’t surprising to me that, when he was told he was going to be sent off to state prison … that he could not or would not trust the judge.” Polanski’s victim testified before a grand...
    D.C. police said one of its officers was arrested on allegations of sexual abuse of a young woman in the District. Northwest D.C. resident Charles Johnson II, 29, was charged with the sexual abuse of a young female “on multiple occasions in Washington, D.C. between January 2020 and September 2021.” More Crime News Johnson was arrested Thursday on charges of two counts of first-degree child sex abuse, according to a release from the department. The officer joined D.C. police in 2019 and has been placed on administrative leave from his First District assignment. WTOP has reached out to the department for information on the allegations. This is a developing story.
    Netflix’s Cheer – Image via Screenshot Jerry Harris, a former breakout star of Netflix docuseries Cheer, was sentenced by a federal judge to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of soliciting child pornography and illegal sexual conduct including minors. Harris, 22, initially pled not guilty to the charges after being arrested in September of 2020. Harris and prosecutors reached a plea deal in February of this year for Harris to plead guilty to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with a minor, asking that the remaining charges be dropped. The charges that the former cheerleader did not plead guilty to as part of the plea deal include four counts of sexual exploitation of minors and one count of enticement. Involved in the seven charges against Harris are five minor boys. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah ordered that the 12-year prison sentence be followed by a court-supervised release for eight years and told Harris that the severity of his sentence expresses, “the seriousness of...
    Netflix’s Cheer – Image via Screenshot Jerry Harris, a former breakout star of Netflix docuseries Cheer, was sentenced by a federal judge to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of soliciting child pornography and illegal sexual conduct including minors. Harris, 22, initially pled not guilty to the charges after being arrested in September of 2020. Harris and prosecutors reached a plea deal in February of this year for Harris to plead guilty to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with a minor, asking that the remaining charges be dropped. The charges that the former cheerleader did not plead guilty to as part of the plea deal include four counts of sexual exploitation of minors and one count of enticement. Involved in the seven charges against Harris are five minor boys. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah ordered that the 12-year prison sentence be followed by a court-supervised release for eight years and told Harris that the severity of his sentence expresses, “the seriousness of...
    The former president of USA Softball is suspected of sexually abusing a child, authorities said. Investigators arrested John Gouveia, 61, of Castro Valley, on April 14th on suspicion of eight felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, according to a statement from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Gouveia posted $250,000 bail and was released after being booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, the sheriff’s office said. No other details on his arrest of the status of Gouveia’s case were available immediately Wednesday. The sheriff’s office did not return messages early Wednesday and has not said why it delayed in announcing Gouveia’s arrest. Gouveia worked with USA Softball from 1991-2019. Part of that stint was spent as president of USA Softball. “USA Softball has become aware of allegations against a former volunteer officer,” USA Softball said in a statement. “The individual has resigned from all positions with USA Softball and currently holds no role or responsibility within the organization. After learning of these allegations for the first time through local media outlets, USA...
    Ryan Meyung, a motocross instructor who traveled the country building motocross tracks and mentoring children has been indicted for multiple child exploitation offenses. “Meyung allegedly produced, transported, and possessed child pornography while working with children as a motocross coach,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Victimizing children is heinous and horrific. With the help of our law enforcement partners, we will relentlessly pursue these types of sexual predators.” “There is no place in our society for those who prey on innocent children and individuals who use their position of trust to gain access to children are particularly heinous,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet. “We are thankful to our special agents and our law enforcement partners who do the difficult but important work of investigating these crimes and safeguarding our nation’s children.” According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Ryan Meyung allegedly engaged six different minor victims in sexually explicit conduct to produce images of child sexual abuse, and transported...
    OAKLAND — A Walnut Creek man was sentenced to six years in federal prison for sending videos depicting child sexual abuse to undercover agents who infiltrated an online pornography chatroom, court records show. Jeffrey Phillips, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. The sentence was handed down in April but hasn’t been previously reported. The sentence is roughly half of what prosecutors asked for in a sentencing memorandum, and even lower than the eight-year prison term requested by Phillips’ lawyer. Phillips was charged in early 2020, after he joined a Kik messenger chat that authorities say was known for hosting child pornography. He allegedly talked to two undercover agents, including one who posed as a nanny, about how he’d molested a girl in a hot tub, and sent the agent videos depicting a prepubescent girl being raped by a man. He also asked the “nanny” to molest a 9-year-old girl purportedly in her care, and “please make a video,” according to prosecutors. “In the course of his offense conduct, not satisfied with simply possessing, viewing and sharing images...
    A 35-year-old man from Monmouth County has been sentenced to 11 years in New Jersey state prison in connection with the 2017 possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said. Robert Mack, of Tinton Falls, was sentenced on May 27, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. The sentencing was the culmination of an investigation that began in 2017 by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, along with NJ ICAC Task Force and the Tinton Falls Police Department which revealed that Mack was downloading and sharing child sexual abuse materials from a computer located at his residence in Tinton Falls, Linskey said. Mack was also in possession of hard drives containing child sexual abuse materials, she said.  Further investigation concluded that Mack also had videos of an adult female with her intimate parts exposed without her permission, the prosecutor said. Mack was found guilty by a Monmouth County Jury on December 14, 2021. This case is being handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan.
    A previously convicted sex offender in Maryland is facing decades in prison after admitting to recording himself sexually abusing minors over the course of more than 13 years. Baltimore resident Garnell Eugene Graves, 58, pleaded guilty in federal court to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child in relation to the sexual abuse of five minor victims, federal prosecutors announced. As part of his plea, Graves admitted that between 2007 and 2020, he abused minors between the ages of 6 and 13 years old. Beginning in 2007, Graves frequently sexually abused a minor until she was 13 years old, showing her and a friend adult porn when she was between the ages of 8 and 9 while asking them to mirror acts seen in the videos, authorities said. Graves had oral and vaginal sex with the minor repeatedly over the course of several years, recording some of the encounters and later showing the minor videos of the abuse. In exchange, the minor received gifts, including a smartphone, prosecutors said, for her “forgiveness” and to encourage her not to...
    Over 25% of the more than 70 prosecutions stem from undercover operations conducted by law enforcement on Wickr Me and other tech platforms. According to two law enforcement officials involved in investigating child exploitation cases and two others who have firsthand experience surveilling the tendencies of people who spend their time on the dark web, these court cases only represent a small percentage of the problem of child pornography online. Posts that link Wickr Me and child sexual abuse material can be found across the internet. These posts were most commonly found on Reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter. There are reportedly dozens of forums, accounts and blogs where hundreds of posts have been made soliciting sexual acts from minors, discussing the exchange of child sexual abuse material, and discussing transactions for access to minors. Wickr Me screen names were commonly found alongside these posts. Other apps, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram which are all owned by Meta, use algorithmic detections methods to constantly scan unencrypted text and media to find signs of child sexual abuse imagery.
    Wickr Me, an encrypted messaging app owned by Amazon, has reportedly become a popular app for people sharing images of child sexual abuse. NBC News reports that Wickr Me, an encrypted messaging app owned by Amazon, has become popular amongst individuals sharing images and videos of child sexual abuse. Data gathered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) shows that it is not the only online platform being used to share such imagery. Jeff Bezos/Instagram teenagers look at phone ( NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty) However, Amazon appears to be doing little to address the issue according to experts and law enforcement officials. As a result, the app has attracted those wanting to trade the illegal material as they believe there is less risk of detection or bans compared to other internet platforms. NBC News examined court documents from 72 state and federal child sexual abuse or child pornography prosecutions over the last five years where the defendant was alleged to use the Wickr Me app. The cases were filed in multiple countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia....
    AMAZON'S encrypted chat app, Wickr, is filled with child sex abuse images and little is being done to tackle this, experts claim. Criminals are using Wickr Me, a messaging app owned by Amazon, to seamlessly exploit and abuse children, according to a new report by NBC. 1Amazon's encrypted chat app, Wickr, is filled with child sex abuse images and little is being done to tackle this, experts claim.Credit: Alamy For their investigation, NBC looked at court records, online threads, and police reports, as well as talked to law enforcement and anti-exploitation activists. Evidence of these crimes against children on Wickr, NBC said, is littered across the internet and dark web. People have been to linking their Wickr account handles on Reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter threads, to promote and share this illegal material. While Wickr is not the only platform that is being used to distribute this type of content, it appears relatively little is being done by Amazon to tackle and prevent the issue, experts say. Read more on AmazonAMA-ZING I bought thousands of dollars worth...
    LOS ANGELES -- The leader of La Luz del Mundo church has been sentenced to 16 years and eight months in a California prison for sexually abusing three girls.Naasón Joaquín García was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court after pleading guilty to three felonies on the eve of a long-awaited trial.Naasón Joaquín García, 53, who is considered the "apostle" of Jesus Christ by his 5 million worldwide followers, had vigorously fought charges that included child rape, until abruptly accepting a plea deal on the eve of trial.The La Luz del Mundo church leader pleaded guilty Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court to two counts of forcible oral copulation involving minors and one count of a lewd act upon a child who was 15.Prosecutors said he used his spiritual influence to have sex with several female followers and was aided by others in the church who facilitated the abuse.Church youth group leader Alondra Ocampo, who previously pleaded guilty to abusing the girls, was charged with directing teenage girls in skimpy outfits to perform "flirty" dances for García.She also conducted nude...
    LOS ANGELES -- The leader of a Mexican megachurch faces more than 16 years in a California prison when sentenced Wednesday for sexually abusing three girls who were followers.Naasón Joaquín García, 53, who is considered the "apostle" of Jesus Christ by his 5 million worldwide followers, had vigorously fought charges that included child rape, until abruptly accepting a plea deal on the eve of trial.The La Luz del Mundo church leader pleaded guilty Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court to two counts of forcible oral copulation involving minors and one count of a lewd act upon a child who was 15.Prosecutors said he used his spiritual influence to have sex with several female followers and was aided by others in the church who facilitated the abuse.Church youth group leader Alondra Ocampo, who previously pleaded guilty to abusing the girls, was charged with directing teenage girls in skimpy outfits to perform "flirty" dances for García.She also conducted nude photo shoots for García in which the girls touched each other, according to the charges.Ocampo told girls that if they rebuffed the wishes...
    Robin Rayne/Zuma Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) loves accusing people of supporting pedophilia. During Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Greene levied the accusation against the Democratic Party and a select group of moderate Republicans, all because of a bad-faith argument that Jackson was lenient when sentencing child-pornography defendants. Greene’s enthusiasm for smearing others as pedophiles isn’t surprising, given her affinity for QAnon and the pedophilia hysteria that goes along with it. So I guess that makes it “funny,” in a backwards and depressing way, that Greene hired Milo Yiannopoulos as an unpaid intern. Yiannopoulos even posted a photo of his badge to Telegram. For those blissfully unfamiliar with Yiannopoulos’ comments on sex between children and adults, all you really need to know is that they were bad enough for the editor-in-chief of Breitbart News to call them “indefensible” and “appalling.” Yiannopoulos had defended sex between adults and boys as young as 13 and bashed child sex abuse victims who...
    A BABY has been found buried in a shallow grave during a child abuse investigation, according to reports. Cops in Lubbock, Texas, revealed that a man, accused of aggravated sexual abuse, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. 1A baby has been found buried in the backyard of a home in Lubbock, TexasCredit: Google Officers received a report regarding an alleged sexual assault on May 30 and launched a probe. During the investigation, cops found human remains in the backyard of a home, KWCH reports. The baby’s body was found just after 9am local time the next day. Metropolitan Special Crime Unit officers and forensic teams found the baby buried in the grave. read more crime stories'BELONGS IN A GRAVE' Brittanee Drexel’s 'killer has MORE victims & deserves death penalty'DEATH UNDETERMINED Mystery over murdered teen's cause of death after shock autopsy result It's not known how long the baby was buried, or who it belongs to. The remains were found as cops investigated the alleged sexual abuse of a different child. Cops said the...
    "How could you do that to a baby that don't have, can't tell you no or to stop? And then you got the nerve to, you know, kill yourself?" she added. Police have not released the name of the suspect and the investigation is ongoing. Here's a local news report about the harrowing incident: Body of baby found in Lubbock backyard, suspect in related case then found dead, LPD said www.youtube.com
    A MOM has been charged with incest after a child reportedly claimed to a social worker that they were being sexually abused. Cops arrested Ashley Jordan Hardee, 32, and Jerry Douglas Gillespie, 36, in Gastonia, North Carolina. 2Ashley Jordan Hardee has been charged with a count of incestCredit: Gaston County Police 2Cops charged Jerry Gillespie with a count of first-degree statutory rape of a childCredit: Gaston County Police Hardee has been charged with a count of incest and one count of first-degree statutory rape of a child. She has also been charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child, and one felony count of child abuse by sexual act, WBTV reported. Meanwhile, cops have charged Gillespie with a count of first-degree statutory rape of a child. He’s also been charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, and one count of a sex act by a substitute parent on a child. read more on US newsHOLIDAY TRAGEDY 'Drunk' boat driver is arrested for river crash as five killed are ID-ed'PINT-SIZED SHOOTER' Boy, TEN, arrested for...
    BERLIN (AP) — German police recorded a significant increase of depictions of sexual abuse against children last year compared to the year before, the country’s top criminal police official said Monday. More than 39,000 cases — or an increase of 108.8% — came to the attention of authorities last year, according to a special analysis of police crime statistics presented to reporters in Berlin. Those cases include the distribution, acquisition, possession and production of depictions of sexual violence against children and teenagers. According to the report, known cases of child sexual abuse rose by 6.3% last year to more than 15,500. The annual figures only cover the fraction of cases that the police are aware of, the real figures are expected to be much higher, Holger Muench, the head of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office said. Authorities estimate that one to two students per each school class in Germany are affected by sexual violence. Muench also said that more people are reporting suspicions of child abuse than in the past. “We very much welcome this: serious acts of violence against...
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Former reality TV star Josh Duggar will return to federal court on Wednesday, where a judge could sentence him to up to 20 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.Prosecutors are seeking a maximum sentence for Duggar, whose large family was the focus of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show. His lawyers have asked the court in Fayetteville, about 140 miles northwest of Little Rock, to send him to prison for five years.Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned.TLC canceled "19 Kids and Counting" in 2015 following allegations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired.Duggar's parents said...
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar will return to federal court on Wednesday, where a judge could sentence him to up to 20 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors are seeking a maximum sentence for Duggar, whose large family was the focus of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” reality show. His lawyers have asked the court in Fayetteville, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, to send him to prison for five years. Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned. TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following allegations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired....
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar will return to federal court on Wednesday, where a judge could sentence him to up to 20 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors are seeking a maximum sentence for Duggar, whose large family was the focus of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” reality show. His lawyers have asked the court in Fayetteville, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, to send him to prison for five years. Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned. TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following allegations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any...
    (CNN)A new law in New York State gives sexual assault survivors a one-year window to bring claims against abusers, setting aside the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits.Advocates praised the Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which was signed into law Tuesday by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat. It mirrors the 2019 Child Victims Act that expanded the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases to give survivors more time to sue their abusers.A unique one-year window for child sex abuse victims to get justice opens this week in New YorkThe law applies to survivors of sexual offenses that occurred when they were over the age of 18, with the one-year window beginning six months from the bill signing and allowing claims regardless of the statute of limitations."To those who thought they got away with horrific crimes they committed, I just have one message: Your time is up. Your victims will see you in court and you will be brought to justice," Hochul told reporters Tuesday. Lawmakers and advocates said that, like the child victim's legislation, the new law...
    A self-described "single father that works hard for his son" has been arrested for child abuse and possession of child porn. Scott Allen Bess, 45, of the 900 Block of Lititz Pike, Warwick Township, has been under investigation on suspicions of possessing child porn for months, according to Northern Lancaster Regional police detectives. He was arrested for four felonies: sexual abuse of children, child pornography, and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, police say and court records confirm. He was released from the Lancaster County Prison on $100,000 in bail the same day he was arrested, May 12, court records show. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Edward A. Tobin at 9:30 a.m. on June 6, according to his court docket.