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  • crimewatchrt 5:16 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink |
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    Border Crime 

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    Border Crime By the Numbers

    $1.1 Million Worth Of Drugs Stopped At Calexico Border

    US Customs and Border Protection ( CBP ) officers at the Calexico ports of entry made three significant drug seizures over the weekend.

    Sheriff Joe meets with extreme resistance at a school

    He also captures the TEA Party’s pro-Arpaio people who suggest that the Border Patrol should start “popping off” people as they cross the border,

    Covert Marijuana Growing Operation Foiled by US Border Patrol

    Temecula, California – Last week, United States Border Patrol agents eradicated 365 marijuana plants growing outdoors in a secluded canyon near Temecula,

    Family Fight, Border Patrol Raid, Baby Deported

    Ms. Castro, a fourth-generation American citizen, went to the local Border Patrol station. She said she would give the agents there information about the

    Agents seize $2.5 million worth of drugs in Starr County

    RIO GRANDE CITY — Border Patrol agents seized more than $2.5 million worth of marijuana over the weekend in Starr County. The first seizure occured near

    3 of 4 illegals caught after lengthy search

    One suspect is being charged by the US Border Patrol with human smuggling, police said. The suspects, identified by police as Hispanic men, were in a 2000

    Border Patrol confiscates half a ton of marijuana

    Border Patrol Agents confiscated more than half a ton of marijuana that was being transported in a trailer. LAREDO, Tx.- Border Patrol Agents confiscated

    A kidnapper's holding cell.

    Kidnappings Escalate

    Kidnappings by the cartels and the gangs who work for them have become a serious problem in several U.S. cities on the Southwest border. In the past, kidnap victims were usually rivals in the drug trade. Sometimes victims were kidnapped for revenge, sometimes to intimidate. And paying a ransom was no guarantee the victim would be released.

    But when the gangs realized how easy—and profitable—kidnapping could be, they started abducting anyone who looked wealthy enough to command a hefty ransom, and that included Americans on either side of the border.

    In the Texas border town of McAllen, for example, the rate of kidnapping has nearly quadrupled. Between October 2008 and September 2009, 42 people were kidnapped in the McAllen area, compared with 11 the previous year. And many kidnappings go unreported because the victims may be involved in illegal activity and don’t want to contact authorities.

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    ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
    Corruption, Drugs, Gangs, and More

    08/02/10

    The U.S. border with Mexico extends nearly 2,000 miles, from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas. At too many points along the way, criminals ply their trade with surprising ease and devastating results.

    Drug cartels transporting kilos of cocaine and marijuana, gangs who think nothing of kidnapping and murder, traffickers smuggling human cargo, corrupt public officials lining their pockets by looking the other way—any one of these offenses represents a challenge to law enforcement.

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    Taken together, they constitute a threat not only to the safety of our border communities, but to the security of the entire country.

    During the next several weeks, FBI.gov will take you to the Southwest border for a firsthand look at our efforts there to fight crime. We will take you to San Diego—home of the world’s busiest port of entry—and across the border into Tijuana. We will also visit El Paso, Texas, whose sister city in Mexico—Juarez—has become as deadly as any war zone thanks to the drug cartels.

    In articles, pictures, and video, we will chronicle the Bureau’s efforts to combat Southwest

    Kevin Perkins
    Assistant Director
    Kevin Perkins

    border crime through our participation in drug, violent crime, and public corruption task forces; our extensive intelligence-gathering efforts; and our vital partnerships with Mexican law enforcement.

    Despite our continuing successes, however, much work is left to be done.

    “With such a great expanse of territory to cover,” said Kevin Perkins, assistant director of our Criminal Investigative Division, “there are places where the border is permeable. In some areas of the desert, people can cross illegally at will, and they do. The U.S. government has built fences and other barriers that our adversaries are continually trying to defeat, and in some cases they are defeating them,” he added.  “Either they’re tunneling under, flying over, or actually cutting through the various defenses we’ve put up.”

    The cartels make billion-dollar profits trafficking drugs. Gaining and controlling border access is critical to their operations. They maintain that control through bribery, extortion, intimidation, and extreme violence. Some areas on the Mexican side of the border are so violent they are reminiscent of the gangster era of Chicago in the 1930s or the heyday of the Mafia’s Five Families in New York. In Tijuana, for example, a man who came to be known as “The Strew Maker”—El Pozolero—worked for one of the cartels dissolving hundreds of murder victims in acid to dispose of the evidence. In Juarez, decapitated heads of murdered cartel members have been displayed on fence posts to intimidate rivals.

    “We think al Qaeda is violent,” said one of our senior agents in El Paso, “but the cartels here are often just as willing to resort to extreme brutality and bloodshed to carry out their objectives.”

    The disturbing level of violence sometimes overshadows the national security risks along the border, Perkins said. “Unfortunately, there are border guards who are corrupt—people who can wave vehicles through checkpoints. Those vehicles could contain narcotics or illegal aliens, but they could also be pieces to the next dirty bomb brought into the country by terrorists. We are working very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Michael Gilliland is seen in surveillance video in 2006 waving cars through his lane at a border crossing in San Diego. He was arrested hours later. Video


    ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
    Public Corruption: A Few Bad Apples

    08/09/10

    In the surveillance footage taken hours before his arrest, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Michael Gilliland can be seen nonchalantly waving a car through his lane at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego. He was knowingly allowing illegal aliens across the border, and he would do this several more times throughout the evening. His actions that night would earn him nearly the equivalent of his annual salary—and eventually a five-year prison term.

    Gilliland, a former U.S. Marine and veteran Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer with 16 years of experience, has been in jail since 2007. But his case continues to illustrate the pervasive problem of corruption along the Southwest border and the damage that can occur when officials betray the public’s trust.

    Although the vast majority of U.S. government employees working on the border are not corrupt, as one senior agent who investigates such crimes noted, “Even one bad apple is too many.”

    Of our 700 agents assigned to public corruption investigations nationwide, approximately 120 of them are located in the Southwest region. We work closely with many federal agencies, including CBP and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The result has been more than 400 public corruption cases originating from the Southwest region—and in the past fiscal year more than 100 arrests and about 130 state and federal cases prosecuted.

    We have 12 border corruption task forces in the Southwest, which consist of many state and local law enforcement agencies as well as our federal partners. Recently, we established a National Border Corruption Task Force at FBI Headquarters to coordinate the activities of all regional operations.

    At our Border Corruption Task Force office in San Diego, Special Agent Terry Reed—who headed the Michael Gilliland investigation—points out the “Wall of Shame.” Displayed are pictures of a dozen former officials convicted of public corruption offenses in the San Diego area. They are a diverse group of men and women from a variety of state and federal government agencies. They were all in it for the money, sex, or both—a fact not lost on the drug cartels.

    “The cartels have developed into very sophisticated businesses,” said El Paso Special Agent Tim Gutierrez. “Despite their brutality and violence, they use sophisticated tactics.”

    The cartels actively engage in corrupting public officials. They recruit by exploiting weaknesses, sometimes gaining intelligence through surveillance methods usually employed by law enforcement. Cartel members have been known to observe inspectors at ports of entry using binoculars from the Mexican side of the border. Maybe an inspector has a drinking or gambling problem. Maybe he flirts with women and could be tempted to cheat on his wife. Maybe an employee is simply burned out on the job.

    “If you’re an inspector and you are legitimately waving through 97 out of 100 cars anyway,” Gutierrez said, “and you realize you can make as much as your annual salary by letting the 98th car go by, it can be easy to rationalize that.”

    “The cartels are always looking for the next Michael Gilliland,” Agent Reed said. “But using our combined investigative and intelligence gathering skills, the task force has been very successful in rooting out corrupt public officials at the border.”

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    Mexico Border crossing
    The kidnappings, beatings, and murders that mark the drug-related violence of Mexican border cities like Tijuana and Juarez have increasingly spilled over the border.


    ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
    When Violence Hits Too Close to Home

    08/12/10

    Emerging from the port of entry’s administrative offices into a sunny San Diego morning, Special Agent Dean Giboney spoke in fluent Spanish with the man whose temporary U.S. visa he had just helped renew. The man was smiling, happy to be out of Mexico, even though he understood that being on U.S. soil was no guarantee of safety from the Tijuana drug cartel that has put a price on his head.

    The kidnappings, beatings, and murders that mark the extreme drug-related violence of Mexican border cities such as Tijuana and Juarez have increasingly spilled over the border. Agent Giboney is hoping the man—we’ll call him José —can provide information that will help in the Bureau’s efforts to dismantle the cartels and the criminal enterprises they fuel.

    A few years ago, José started working for the Arellano Felix Organization (AFO) in Tijuana to earn extra money. But when he saw how routine the act of murder was for the cartel—leaders thought nothing of having even their own people killed for real or perceived insubordination—he started to fear for his life and contacted the FBI to help him flee the country.

    Sources like José are just one of many ways the Bureau gathers intelligence to combat border crime. Agent Giboney is particularly interested in gaining information regarding fugitives in the Los Palillos case, one of San Diego’s most notorious examples of so-called “spillover violence.”

    Los Palillos—the “Toothpicks”—was a rogue spinoff from the AFO. From 2004 to 2007, the San Diego street gang carried out a brutal crime spree in which 13 people were abducted and nine were killed. Bodies turned up in cars, on jogging paths, and inside houses in quiet, residential neighborhoods.

    The group’s leader, Jorge Rojas-Lopez, is serving a life sentence without parole for the crimes, and several of his henchmen are also in prison. But five members of the gang are still at large.

    Rojas-Lopez—a former AFO member—was fighting the cartel for a piece of the billion-dollar drug trade, but he was also fighting for revenge, because the AFO had ordered the murder of his brother.

    “This level of extreme violence is very typical of the way the cartels operate south of the border,” Giboney said. Unfortunately, Los Palillos is not an isolated case north of the border, either.

    What explains this level of brutality? “The cartels and the gang members they employ want to be Al Pacino in the movie Scarface,” Giboney said. During raids on the homes of cartel members, he has seen movie posters of the machine-gun-wielding Pacino, who played a vicious drug kingpin. “They want to live that lifestyle—the nice cars, going out to clubs, throwing money around. But once you’re in that lifestyle,” he explained, “it’s hard to get out, even if you want to.”

    José understands how difficult it is to get away from the cartel. The “narcos,” as he calls AFO members, are powerful as well as ruthless, and their influence is felt at every level of Mexican society. “Whatever they want to know about you they can find out,” he said. “They will stop at nothing to protect their interests, even if it means crossing the border.”

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    Border liaisons Mike Eckel, Alejandro Lares
    FBI Special Agent Mike Eckel, left, is one of the Bureau’s five border liaison officers. He meets about once a week with counterparts like Alejandro Lares of the Tijuana Police Department.


    ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
    Forging Ties in Tijuana

    08/16/10

    Amid the car horns, engine exhaust, and constant flow of people on foot and in cars, Special Agent Mike Eckel inched through traffic at the San Ysidro Port of Entry—the world’s busiest land border crossing—on his way from San Diego to Tijuana. Although the Mexican city can be a dangerous place for Americans, in his role as one of the Bureau’s five border liaison officers, Eckel makes the trip about once a week.

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    On this day, he will visit his counterpart at the Tijuana Police Department in hopes of locating a U.S. citizen wanted for a 2009 murder in Nevada who may be hiding with relatives in that region of Mexico.

    “The idea behind the border liaison program is to build relationships and to exchange information with Mexican law enforcement,” said Eckel, who speaks fluent Spanish. “We try to take geography out of the equation so we can share intelligence and help each other and bring criminals to justice on both sides of the border.”

    In the past, such relationships were difficult to cultivate in Tijuana because of the level of corruption there, according to U.S. and Mexican officials. “But the tide is turning,” Eckel said. “There is less corruption now, and the FBI and other federal entities have established solid working relationships with our Mexican partners.”

    Less than an hour after crossing the border, Eckel sat in a small office in a busy Tijuana police substation. He was speaking with officer Alejandro Lares about the Nevada murder fugitive and other matters, including suspected cartel members who live freely in San Diego, where they have committed no crimes. Lares, who has been on the Tijuana force for four years, has served as the liaison officer for U.S. law enforcement for the past year.

    “Today, the cartels have less power than they had in the past,” Lares said, largely because the Mexican federal government has exerted its military presence in the area. “We are moving in the right direction,” he added, but acknowledged that the crime and corruption associated with the drug trade will never disappear completely.

    Thanks to drug money, the cartels have enormous power—and they use it to bribe, intimidate, and murder. To get what they want from police and government officials in Tijuana and elsewhere along the Mexican border, the cartels offer “the silver or the lead”: the silver being money and the lead being bullets.

    Even well-intentioned public servants who refuse outright bribes might be compelled to look the other way if their lives—or the lives of their families—have been threatened. “And these are not hollow threats,” Eckel said. “They will kill you.”

    But efforts such as the border liaison program and the determined, collaborative work of law enforcement on both sides of the border are making a difference.

    “Sharing information is the key,” Eckel said. “By being able to gather intelligence and quickly analyze and share it, we can actually save lives. I have seen that happen.” Working with the Mexicans as well as other U.S. partner agencies, he added, “We help keep each other safe. We all get along extremely well, because our lives can depend on it.”

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    Drug smuggling
    A vanload of drugs confiscated near the border.


    ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
    A Drug Buy in El Paso

    08/30/10

    It may look like any other afternoon along this busy shopping strip outside El Paso, Texas, with people walking in and out of stores and restaurants and traffic moving at a steady clip. But inside a particular establishment, one of our sources is waiting to buy nearly $20,000 worth of cocaine from a local gang member.

    The operation represents one of the many ways we are fighting the drug trade along the Southwest border. From small street-level drug buys to major cases targeting the highest levels of cartel and gang leadership, our agents and law enforcement partners attack the problem from every angle to gain intelligence and to disrupt and dismantle trafficking organizations.

    On this day, agents from our criminal enterprise/gang squad are working with local and state officers to build a case against the gang. Members of the team—all in plain clothes and driving unmarked vehicles—are inconspicuously and strategically parked near the site of the establishment. The source inside is wearing a wire, and his conversations can be heard on car-to-car radios. If anything goes wrong, the source will say a code word and the team will quickly be inside.

    At a final briefing before the operation began, the team leader—one of our veteran agents—spoke to the group in a parking lot behind a nearby municipal building. He went over the plan again in detail, stressing the danger involved and the need for extreme caution to make sure everyone stayed safe. Then, like a basketball coach before a game, he gathered the team in a circle and read aloud the Bureau’s policy on the use of deadly force.

    An hour later, the source was inside, but the target wasn’t—he called to say he would be late. While they waited in their car and listened to the radio chatter, two of our agents on the operation—we’ll call them Smith and Johns—explained the economics of the drug trade in El Paso and across the border in Juarez.

    “Where you have gangs,” Smith said, “you have drugs. And in El Paso, all the drugs are coming from across the border.” A kilo of cocaine in El Paso costs about $20,000, but can be sold in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, or Miami for more than $30,000. There is a lot of money to be made.

    Finally, the target arrived, but without any drugs and only vague promises to produce them that day. The team leader sent a text message to the source to leave, and then canceled the operation. “We’ll try again tomorrow,” he said.

    False starts and dead ends are typical in such drug cases, Agents Smith and Johns said later. But the work is important. Even though small drug buys won’t break the backs of the cartels, Johns explained, “We gain a lot of intelligence from these operations, and sometimes we develop new sources as a result. And every kilo of coke we take off the streets is one that doesn’t make its way to American kids.”

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    Confiscated drugs
    Methamphetamine confiscated near the border. Photo courtesy of DEA


    ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
    Going After the Major Players

    09/08/10

    Methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and cash—the amount of drugs and currency crossing the border in and around El Paso, Texas can be difficult to comprehend.

    “El Paso may be the busiest city in the world in terms of the flow of drugs,” said Special Agent Mike Cordero, a member of the FBI/DEA Strike Force, an investigative team established in 2007 to target “the biggest of the big” drug trafficking organizations.

    “If they are major players,” Agent Cordero explained, “we’re going after them. Our mission is to disrupt and dismantle these organizations.”

    It is estimated that 40-60 percent of all illegal drugs that come into the U.S. enter through the border areas encompassed by our El Paso Field Office. The drugs flow across the border from Juarez, and U.S. currency flows back into Mexico. Every month, tens of millions of dollars in cash pass into Juarez, enabling the cartels to corrupt public officials, purchase weapons, and engage in other criminal activity beyond drug trafficking.

    The strike force in El Paso—one of several along the Southwest border—is designed to fight this cycle of crime and violence. The program is funded by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a longstanding Department of Justice initiative that combines federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts to fight organized crime and drug traffickers. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI have lead roles in operating the strike force.

    Working with undercover operatives, sources, and Mexican law enforcement, the team uses an intelligence-driven approach in its investigations. Besides orchestrating large drug buys, agents pay close attention to the money laundering aspects of drug trafficking. Perhaps most importantly, the actionable intelligence gathered by the strike force benefits many other investigations and law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally.

    The El Paso strike force consists of 10 FBI agents and 10 DEA agents, as well as representatives from the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

    “We are a badge-less operation,” Agent Cordero said. “When you walk in our office, you can’t tell who is FBI and who is DEA. There is a concerted effort to put the cases first and not to worry about who gets the credit,” he added. “A win is a win for everybody.”

    Recently, during a nationwide drug trafficking takedown called Project Deliverance, the strike force arrested 133 individuals on drug charges and seized 800 pounds of marijuana, 11 kilos of cocaine, and nearly $140,000 in cash. The operation also contributed intelligence to numerous other investigations around the country. “Because El Paso is a pivotal location for the Mexican drug trade,” said Special Agent Raul Bujanda, another member of the strike force, “the intelligence we gather allows us to spin off a lot of cases to other offices.”

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    Twelve pounds of heroin confiscated during Project Deliverance. Photo courtesy of DEA

    “We’re very proud of the work we do,” Agent Cordero said. “There are no egos involved in the strike force—it’s all about the cases and bringing down the drug traffickers.”

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  • crimewatchrt 8:34 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink |
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    Faulty Forensic Analysis That Lead To Convictions 

    Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire. Take an in-depth look at the shaky science that has put innocent people behind bars.

    Crime Lab Audit Stirs Calls For Independent Operation

    A legislative committee meets today to discuss the State Bureau of Investigation.

    There are increasing calls for the state crime to become independent from the SBI  after an audit found problems with 230 cases in which analysts misrepresented or wrongly reported blood evidence. WFAE’s Greg Collard takes a closer look at the issue in this report.

    Law enforcement agencies run nearly all of the country’s crime labs.

    Greg Taylor of Durham would like that to change. He spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit thanks in large part to the failure of an SBI lab analyst to tell prosecutors that key blood evidence actually tested negative for blood.

    “These scientists are performing these tests and procedures should be reporting in an unbiased way. And, to report in unbiased way, should report to an unbiased authority,” Taylor says.

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    Hundreds of D.C. Residents Could Have Been Wrongfully Convicted of a DUI

    Nearly 400 people were convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington, D.C. in 2008 because of inaccurate calibrations of the breath test equipment.

    Imagine being charged and convicted of a crime, only to find out nearly two years later that your conviction was the result of faulty police technology. This is exactly what happened to nearly 400 people. They were convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington, D.C. in 2008 because of inaccurate calibrations of the breath test equipment.

    According to results of an investigation led by D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, breath analysis equipment used by city’s law enforcement officers was found to be improperly adjusted, resulting in inaccurate readings. Analysis of all 10 of the District’s breath test machines found that readings produced a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) to be about 20 percent higher than it actually was….

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    Report Condemns Police Lab Oversight

    The New York State Police’s supervision of a major crime laboratory was so poor that it overlooked evidence of pervasively shoddy forensics work, allowing an analyst to go undetected for 15 years as he falsified test results and compromised nearly one-third of his cases, an investigation by the state’s inspector general has found.

    The analyst’s training was so substandard that at one point last year, investigators discovered he could not properly operate a microscope essential to performing his job, the report released on Thursday said.

    And when the State Police became aware of the analyst’s misconduct, an internal review by superiors in the Albany lab deliberately omitted information implicating other analysts and suggesting systemic problems with the way evidence was handled, the report said. Instead, the review focused blame mostly on the analyst, Garry Veeder, who committed suicide in May 2008 during the internal inquiry.

    “Cutting corners in a crime lab is serious and intolerable,” said the state’s inspector general, Joseph Fisch. “Forensic laboratories must adhere to the highest standards of competence, independence and integrity. Anything less undermines public confidence in our criminal justice system.”

    Several lab workers whose actions were criticized in the report remain in their jobs pending an internal review of the inspector general’s findings, the State Police said.

    The State Police superintendent, Harry J. Corbitt, said that the agency planned to hire an outside consultant. “Appropriate remedial measures will be taken with respect to any conduct falling below the highest standards,” said Mr. Corbitt, whose nomination last year by Gov. David A. Paterson was meant to help rehabilitate the scandal-tainted agency.

    After the State Police began its internal investigation last year, it notified district attorneys across the state that evidence in criminal cases examined by Mr. Veeder might have been compromised. Mr. Veeder worked in the crime lab analyzing so-called trace evidence, like fibers, hair, impressions and other physical material found at scenes of crimes, including homicides.

    But on Thursday, police officials said that none of the district attorneys had found that Mr. Veeder’s work had cast doubt on any of their convictions.

    “We are satisfied that there were no wrongful convictions, nor any miscarriages of justice which resulted from these improper procedures,” Mr. Corbitt said, stating a viewpoint also shared by Mr. Fisch.

    Still, forensic science experts and advocates for those wrongfully convicted said the case pointed to longstanding problems in police behavior and underlined the need to hold law enforcement agencies accountable.

    “It is a wake-up call to the forensic community,” said Barry Scheck, director of the Innocence Project and a member of the New York State Commission on Forensic Science, which monitors all the state’s crime labs. “What’s alarming about this report and others that we’ve seen like it is it’s not so much the bad actors, it’s the fact that the system didn’t detect them earlier.”

    There have been several high-profile cases in recent years in which police labs mishandled crime scene evidence, casting doubt on convictions. A convicted rapist was released in 2003 after an examination of the Houston Police Department’s lab found widespread deficiencies. Detroit shut down its police crime lab last year after an outside audit found errors in 10 percent of cases surveyed.

    In Mr. Veeder’s case, supervisors discovered during an internal inquiry that he had routinely skipped a preliminary fiber analysis and then created data “to give the appearance of having conducted an analysis not actually performed,” the inspector general’s report stated.

    The State Police have disputed the effectiveness of the preliminary test and said there was no evidence that Mr. Veeder’s work resulted in a piece of trace evidence’s being misidentified.

    The report said Mr. Veeder used a “crib sheet” provided to him by a former supervisor to falsify the test results. At one point, Mr. Veeder told investigators, “They told me from the past, you go to this and plug it in,” the report said. “This is how I was trained to, how we’ve always done it.”

    But Mr. Veeder’s allegations involving other lab workers were never part of the final report to the State Police’s internal affairs division. State Police investigators and the lab’s management “minimized and precipitously discarded the seriousness and extent of problems” at the lab, the inspector general’s report said.

    It said that one State Police investigator, Keith Coonrod, mischaracterized Mr. Veeder’s responses implicating other lab scientists and skewed Mr. Veeder’s statements to give the impression that it was his incompetence — not widespread misconduct — that led to the problems.

    Mr. Coonrod has been temporarily reassigned to a State Police job outside of the lab pending the outcome of the internal review.

    Despite Mr. Coonrod’s omissions, the inspector general also faulted Mr. Coonrod’s superiors. “There exists no doubt that laboratory management possessed sufficient information that Veeder’s individual misconduct implicated potentially broader systemic issues, but failed to take appropriate action,” the report said.

    The report named a number of lab supervisors at the time — including the director, Gerald Zeosky, and assistant director Richard Nuzzo — and describes them as unfazed by the inquiry and dismissive of Mr. Veeder’s broader claims. Mr. Zeosky remains in charge of the lab. Mr. Nuzzo was promoted and given a new job in the internal affairs division, but police officials said he would have had no involvement in the investigation of the lab.

    Another section of the report stated that Mr. Nuzzo was also found to have intimidated a lab technician who was working on a case unrelated to Mr. Veeder.

    Problems with Mr. Veeder’s work were first detected in 2008 during an accreditation review by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. The State Police then did an internal investigation and alerted the inspector general’s office, which began its own review.

    On May 23, 2008, Mr. Veeder hanged himself in the garage of his home outside Albany.

    Faulty forensic test put innocents in jail over decades

    A faulty forensic analysis has put hundreds of innocent people in jail over decades, according to a joint investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes. Eventually found to be unreliable, it was quietly dumped four decades later without alerting those convicted.

    The “comparative bullet-lead analysis” claimed to link a bullet with ones in suspects’ possession. However, faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples resulted in false matches.

    Excerpt from eFluxMedia:
    The comparative bullet-lead analysis was based on the supposition that each batch of lead would have a particular, almost unique, chemical makeup. The National Academy of Sciences, however, has invalidated this claim in 2004, pointing out that FBI experts who claimed to jurors the test linked a particular bullet to those found in a suspect’s gun or cartridge box were more or less misleading the jury.
    Unfortunately, according to The Washington Post:
    But the FBI lab has never gone back to determine how many times its scientists misled jurors. Internal memos show that the bureau’s managers were aware by 2004 that testimony had been overstated in a large number of trials. In a smaller number of cases, the experts had made false matches based on a faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples, documents show.
    The reporters have since alerted the FBI on at least 250 cases that may require closer examination.

    John Miller, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs, noted that the FBI is taking a series of steps to try to fix this snafus on cases where the conviction might have resulted from the flawed analysis.

    The question remains as to why it took a media investigation for the FBI to notice and take action.

    Thinking ahead, what do you reckon are the chances of flawed computer forensics resulting in a hapless computer idiot being charged for computer crimes that they did not commit.

    Read more about faulty forensics here:

    Stop Police Abuse

    Faulty forensic evidence

    Biased Forensics

    Serious Problems with Forensic Science

    Innocent people in jail because of bite-mark testimony

    Eyewitness Misidentification and Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

    CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics


     
  • crimewatchrt 12:37 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink |
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    Bank Robbers Wanted By FBI 

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    Seeking Information on Robbery of Bank of America Branch in Chula Vista

    The FBI and Chula Vista Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing a Chula Vista Bank of America today.

    On Thursday, January 14, 2010, at approximately 11:45 a.m., a lone male entered the Bank of America located at 295 E St., Chula Vista, CA. The robber entered the bank and placed an oral demand for cash. While the robber threatened a weapon, none was shown.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Race: Black
    Age: 40 – 50
    Height: Approximately 5’9” – 5’10”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Dark colored baseball cap, dark colored do-rag, and dark colored rain jacket

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    “Billy Goat Bandit” Robs Again

    Now Suspected in at Least 11 Area Heists

    The Houston FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who is now suspected in at least 11 Houston area bank robberies. The latest occurred at the Wells Fargo located inside the Randall’s Grocery Store located at 12860 Memorial in Houston, Texas earlier today. In previous robberies, the robber sported a unique straggly beard with extra long chin hair, earning him the nickname of the “Billy Goat Bandit.” During some recent robberies, the robber’s chin whiskers were more neatly trimmed. During this robbery, it appeared as though his whiskers were gone, but his face was unshaven.

    At about 1:45 p.m., the bandit entered the Randall’s Store and approached the bank located inside the store. He held up a threatening note which demanded cash. The teller handed him some money and he fled on foot. No weapon was observed during the robbery. No one was physically hurt during the robbery.

    The “Billy Goat Bandit” is described as a black male, mid-twenties, 5’10”-6’ tall, with an average build. He had a dark complexion and trimmed goatee. He wore a dark blue jacket, medium blue shirt, khaki pants, and an off-white baseball cap with an orange bill.

    The “Billy Goat Bandit” is suspected in at least 11 other Houston area robberies from 10/16/2009 to the present.

    Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the “Billy Goat Bandit”, or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

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    Seeking Public’s Assistance in Locating Beneficial Bank Branch Robber

    The FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery of the Beneficial Bank branch located at 6401 Woodland Avenue earlier today.

    At approximately 4:09 p.m. today, the subject entered the Beneficial Bank branch and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot.

    The subject is described as a black male, 40 to 50 years old, 5’5” to 5’6” tall, medium build, with a bald or shaved head, a mustache, wearing a black zippered hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a black bag with an Adidas logo on the side. The subject may have red dye stains on his clothing and/or skin.

    Three photographs from the bank’s security cameras are below. This subject is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There may be a reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this subject. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

    To view flyers of this and other bank robbery subjects wanted by the FBI/Major Crimes Task Force, please visit http://www.ppdonline.org and click on the Detectives Box and the Violent Crimes Task Force link.

    Seeking Public’s Assistance to Identify the Individuals Responsible for Robbing Two Banks in San Diego County

    The FBI, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown males responsible for robbing two banks in San Diego County this week.

    On January 11, 2010, at approximately 4:52 p.m., a lone male entered the Chase Bank located at 3830 Valley Centre Dr., San Diego, CA. The robber made a verbal demand for cash and fled on foot. No weapon was seen.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Age: Late teens
    Height Approximately 5’5”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Gray sweatsuit, dark t-shirt, black gloves, white sneakers

    On January 12, 2010, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a lone male entered the Bank of America located at 405 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA. This robber also made a verbal demand for cash. Again, no weapon was seen.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Race: Caucasian/Hispanic
    Height: Approximately 5’5”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Dark blue hooded sweatshirt, light colored gloves

    Agents are investigating the possibility of these two robberies being connected though there is no certainty of that at this time.

    Anyone with information concerning either of these robberies is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255.

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    Mile High Bank Robbed by Lone Male

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Mile High Bank at approximately 10:00 this morning. The Mile High Bank is located in an office building at 8905 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton, Colorado. The robber entered the bank and approached a teller. He passed a bank robbery demand note threatening a weapon. After he received an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the bank on foot. No vehicle description is available.

    The robber was described as: white male; mid 20’s to 30 years of age; approximately 170 pounds; 6’00”; “scruffy” in appearance—unshaven; wearing blue jeans, dark sweatshirt, baseball cap.

    If anyone has any information on the bank robbery described above, or the bank robber, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; OR, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Seeking Information on Robbery of Suntrust Bank Branch in Knoxville

    The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.

    At approximately 3:00 p.m., a man entered the Suntrust Bank located at 700 East Hill Avenue in Knoxville, presented a note, and demanded money. Witnesses described the suspect as a black male, early 20s, approximately 6’ tall and weighing approximately 160 to 175 pounds. The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt, a dark-colored hooded jacket, black shoes, and black gloves. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

    A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the KPD at 865-215-7212. This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO) and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Seeking Information on Robbery of BB&T Bank Branch in Knoxville

    The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.

    At approximately 2:34 p.m., a man entered the BB&T Bank located at 7709 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville, vaulted the teller counter, threatened to use a knife, and demanded money. Witnesses described the suspect as a white male, in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5’8” and 6’ tall, and weighing approximately 150 to 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a red fleece jacket with a white shirt under the jacket, khaki pants, and black mask. He was also carrying a brown plastic bag. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

    A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the KPD at 865-215-7212. This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO), and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Seeking Information on Serial Bank Robber in Metro Atlanta Area

    ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, requests public assistance in identifying and locating a serial bank robber responsible for the robbery of the following metro Atlanta area banks:

    Wachovia Bank, 1028 Killian Hill, Lilburn, GA
    1/11/2010 at 4:40 p.m.

    Chase Bank, 4081 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn, GA
    1/12/2010 at 11:16 a.m.

    Wachovia Bank, 1815 Rock Bridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA
    1/12/2010 at 2:41 p.m.

    Beginning yesterday, 1/11/2010, a lone black male embarked on a bank robbery crime spree by walking in to the Wachovia Bank, located at 1028 Killian Hill, Lilburn, Georgia and announcing a bank robbery. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robber departed the bank without further incident.

    This morning, the same robber entered the Chase Bank, located at 2081 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn, Georgia, at 11:16 a.m., and announced a robbery. While engaging the bank teller, the robber pulled back a portion of his clothing to reveal a possible weapon/handgun. Later that afternoon, at 2:41 p.m., the robber struck again at the Wachovia Bank, located at 1815 Rock Bridge Rd., Stone Mountain, Georgia.

    The robber is described as being a black male, light complexion, 25-35 years of age, 5’4”-5’9” in height, 145-170 lbs., light facial hair, possible mole on left side of face/mouth. A mid 2000 model Chevrolet Impala, black or dark blue in color, with possible Florida license plate, was observed at one of the robberies and is of interest to investigators.

    Wachovia Bank has announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this individual. Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Atlanta Office FBI at (404) 679-9000.

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    City Notes First Bank Robbery of 2010

    The First Federal Bank, 7015 North Mesa, El Paso, Texas, became the city’s first bank robbery of the year. About 11:20 this morning, a Hispanic male approached the bank several times before finally deciding to enter the bank. He then walked into the bank and wrote out a note on a deposit slip. The man left the bank briefly then returned. He went to the teller and told her that he had forgotten his identification card. He left the bank again, returned a third time and handed the teller a note demanding money. He then left on foot toward an unknown vehicle. This subject has been dubbed the Boomerang Bandit.

    Subject Description:

    • Hispanic male, 35-40 years of age
    • 5’3”-5’5” in height, light skin, lock-style goatee
    • prescription, wire-framed glasses
    • brown knit cap, black and light brown jacket and blue jeans

    This case is being worked by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Sheriff’s Department. If anyone was in the vicinity of this bank, located at Resler and Mesa, and has information about this robbery, please call the FBI at 915-832-5000.

     
  • crimewatchrt 11:41 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink |
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    Crimes Against Children 

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    Mom Forced Teen to Eat Feces And Urine, Cops Say

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A 37-year-old mother is accused of beating her teenaged sons and forcing the younger one to lick up urine and eat his own feces and vomit, according to prosecutors.

    Auburn woman arrested on child abuse charges

    woman was arrested on felony child abuse charges. Samantha Jackson is the mother to an infant girl, 2-year-old daughter and malnourished 4-year-old son…

    Man charged with child abuse

    LEESBURG — A 41-year-old man was jailed on Saturday on child abuse charges, apparently after trying to whip a boy into shape by wielding a BB gun to

    Father faces first-degree murder charge in infant son’s death

    Keith Skinner now faces a first-degree murder charge in 7-month-old son’s child abuse death. Keith Skinner faces a charge of aggravated child abuse in

    Mulberry Mayor Is Accused of Sex With 17-Year-Old Boy

    The teacher contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Mullis was booked into jail with his bail set at $5000, records show. The report describes Mullis

    Tea Party Candidate Accused Of Sex With A Minor Met The Girl At

    Eric W. Deaton — the Ohio Constitution Party candidate for US Senate who was indicted on Tuesday for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor


    Teacher Accused Of Soliciting Sex From Minor – Houston News Story

    CONROE, Texas — A junior high school teacher is accused of going online and trying to get a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him.

    Eric W. Deaton, Conservative Senate Candidate, Indicted for Sexual

    Another day, another political sex scandal—but this one involves a minor. Ohio’s Eric W. Deaton, Senate candidate for the conservative


    Charleston Man Admits to Soliciting Sex from Minor – WOWK-TV

    Jodi Cunningham, 45, was working at a gas station when he offered to pay a 16-year-old boy for sex.

    Former police officer sentenced for sex with minor

    In July a jury found him guilty of having sex with an underage girl. Friday the former Nebraska police officer is sentenced to 30–to–60


    Additional charges of sexual assault of a minor for local man

    MIDDLETOWN — A Loveland Street man has been hit with additional first-degree sexual assault charges involving a minor just months after


    ‘Cake Boss’ Co-Star Remy Gonzalez Arrested for Sexual Assault

    ‘Cake Boss’ Co-Star Busted for Sex Assault on Minor one of the stars of “Cake Boss” has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.


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    12/17/2009 – New Jersey Man Charged with Enticing Minor

    PHILADELPHIA—Jon J. Lackner was indicted today on charges that he used interstate communications to attempt to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, traveled with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted to transfer obscene material to a minor in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy. The indictment charges that from on or about September 9, 2008 to on or about March 24, 2009, Lackner used the mail, the Internet, and a telephone to attempt to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Further, the indictment alleges that on March 24, 2009, Lackner traveled from New Jersey to Bensalem, Pennsylvania for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Finally, the indictment charges that on March 12, 13, and 15, Lackner used the Internet to attempt to transfer obscene material to a minor.

    INFORMATION REGARDING THE DEFENDANTS

    NAME: Jon J. Lackne

    ADDRESS: Cherry Hill, NJ

    AGE OR YEAR OF BIRTH: 45

    If convicted the defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison with a maximum of life, a mandatory minimum of five years’ supervised release, a $1,250,000 fine, and a $500 special assessment.

    12/17/2009 – Webster Parish Man Indicted for Child Exploitation and Child Pornography

    SHREVEPORT, LA—Curtis Dale Lolly, 54, of Doyline, La., was indicted for production and attempted production of images involving child exploitation and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced today. Lolly was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of attempted exploitation of children, and two counts of possession of child pornography. Lolly is scheduled to appear for arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Hornsby on January 5, 2010.

    The indictment alleges that Lolly used females under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of the conduct and that he possessed images of child pornography.

    If convicted, Lolly could face a maximum sentence of 30 years and a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, for each count of sexual exploitation of children. Child pornography is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

    12/16/2009 – Kirksville Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges

    ST. LOUIS, MO—Glen William Ketterlinus entered a plea of guilty to federal child pornography charges, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap, Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Williams and Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes announced today.

    GLEN WILLIAM KETTERLINUS, Kirksville, Missouri, pled guilty December 14, 2009, to four felony counts of production of child pornography. Between January 2005 and May 2007, Ketterlinus videotaped a minor under the age of 18 in sexually explicit conduct. He appeared Monday before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey, who set sentencing for March 10, 2010.

    Each count of production of child pornography carries a penalty range of 15 to 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

    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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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.

    12/16/2009 – Bedford Man Admits Producing Child Pornography

    FORT WORTH, TX—Thomas James Murphy, III, 26, of Bedford, Texas, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Bleil to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Murphy, who has been in custody since his arrest on October 6, 2009, faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. He also must register as a sex offender. Sentencing is set for April 12, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means.

    In October 2009, FBI agents discovered a lead which indicated that Murphy was creating child pornography by using his own daughters. These videos and images showed sexually graphic conduct between Murphy and one of his daughters. Both daughters were under the age of three at the time of the creation of the child pornography.

    When FBI agents visited the Murphy residence, he identified his two daughters as the minor children in the images and also identified himself as the naked adult male in the images. He admitted that he took images of himself sexually engaged with one of two daughters and sent those images over the Internet to another individual. An examination of his computer and related storage media was performed and agents discovered the images of Murphy with his two daughters.

    Fugitive Sex Offender Caught
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    December 09, 2009 – A man wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Atlanta Office in Fulton County, Georgia. Timothy Collins, 42, was being sought by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender after his release from state prison.

    12/7/2009 – Newfield Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

    CAMDEN—A Newfield man was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today for possessing child pornography on his home computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

    U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman also ordered Robert Kevin Carlino, 32, to serve 10 years of supervised release upon the completion of his prison term. Judge Hillman continued the defendant’s release on a $50,000 bond, with the conditions of home confinement with electronic monitoring, pending his surrender to officials with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on a date to be determined by prison authorities.

    12/7/2009 – Ohio Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

    The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Frederick Horne, 74, of Mansfield, Ohio was sentenced today to 27 months for possessing child pornography. United States Chief District Judge William K. Sessions, III, also sentenced Horne to five years of supervised release.

    According to court documents, on August 15, 2007, Horne began chatting over the Internet with a person who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl from Vermont. In reality, the person was an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl. During the chat, Horne sent the undercover officer numerous images depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Horne was arrested in Ohio in September 2007 and he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on June 30, 2008.

    12/7/2009 – Jacksonville Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

    JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces today that Anthony William Denham (age 23, of Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Jacksonville on one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. If convicted, Denham faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison for the receipt count. On the possession count, Denham faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Denham is currently in custody, and his arraignment and detention hearing will be held in federal court in Jacksonville before United States Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson on December 11, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.

    Sexual Assault Suspect Captured in Mexico
    Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:48:49 -0600

    December 08, 2009 – United States Marshal Federico Rocha of the Northern District of California announces the arrest of Fermin Pucheta-Temich. On December 4, Pucheta-Temich, 32, was extradited from Mexico City on a warrant of arrest out of San Francisco for multiple federal charges of sexual assault with a minor.

    12/4/2009 – Cahokia Man Receives 114-Month Prison Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography

    A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 4, 2009, GREGORY P FEENEY, age 53, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in East St. Louis, Illinois after previously pleading guilty to a single count indictment charging him with Possession of Child Pornography. FEENEY was sentenced to a term of 114 months of imprisonment, a $750 fine, and 15 years of supervised release.

    The violation took place in October of 2007, in St. Clair County, Illinois.

    12/4/2009 – Fishers Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

    INDIANAPOLIS—Jeffrey Taylor, age 46, a former resident of Noblesville, Indiana, was sentenced late yesterday to 40 years in prison following his conviction for distributing child pornography through the Internet, announced Timothy M. Morrison, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

    Taylor, appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney in Indianapolis, Indiana, was also ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release following his release from prison and to forfeit all items seized during the investigation that were used to commit his offense.

    On January 6, 2009, Taylor distributed video and image files of child pornography through a computer in his Noblesville home. After discovering his criminal activity, federal, state, and local law enforcement agents found during a search of his residence that Taylor’s collection of child pornography included over 10,000 images files and 500 video files of child pornography. The content of this material included sexually explicit material involving very young children, bestiality involving minors, and sadistic abuse. Taylor made this collection available to other persons on the Internet so that he could obtain child pornography from them in exchange.

    According to Assistant U. S. Attorney Steve DeBrota, who prosecuted the case for the United States, during the investigation it was discovered that Taylor also molested four children he knew in the past. Under federal sentencing law, this conduct was used to enhance his sentence. The molestations occurred at various locations in Indiana over a period of several years. Taylor denied these molestations during his testimony, but Judge McKinney found untrue his denial of responsibility for this child sexual abuse.

    12/4/2009 – Tribal Member Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Child

    Man Engaged in Pattern of Sex Abuse of Young Relative

    THOMAS LEE PETERS, 47, an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and ten years of supervised release for three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. PETERS molested a young relative while residing on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Western Washington. At sentencing Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik ordered PETERS to get a sexual deviance evaluation and register as a sex offender. Chief Judge Lasnik said “the crime was like throwing a rock in a pool and sending out waves of damage that impact PETERS’ family and community.”

    PETERS pleaded guilty in September 2009, admitting that on multiple occasions in 2005, 2006, and 2007, he sexually molested a young relative. Because PETERS is a tribal member, and the abuse occurred on tribal land, the case was prosecuted in federal court.

    12/4/2009 – Neopit Man Indicted for Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

    Michelle Jacobs, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Wayne Wheelock, of Neopit, Wisconsin, for allegedly engaging in a sexual act with a minor. Wheelock is alleged to be a repeat offender as he was convicted in August 1996 of engaging in a sexual act with a person physically incapable of declining.

    A federal grand jury also returned an indictment alleging that Wheelock failed to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act while entering, leaving or residing on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

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    New York Man Pleads Guilty

    A New York man pled guilty after being accused of possessing sexually explicit computer images of minors.

    Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, December 1, 2009, that Kyle Rice, a resident of Panama, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children.

    Rice, age 21, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

    In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold advised the court that Rice possessed and attempted to possess computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

    Exploiting Children Chester Man Receives 17 Years

    RICHMOND, VA—James Yager, 31, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced to 17 years in prison for distributing child pornography after having previously been convicted of child pornography distribution in 2001.

    Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Jennifer Love, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne.

    “Prosecuting crimes against children is a high priority for the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This case should send a strong message to those convicted of exploiting children through pornography: If you return to trading these disturbing images of abuse, we will find you and send you back to prison for a long time.”

    Yager served 48 months in prison after pleading guilty on May 2, 2001, to distributing child pornography. According to court documents, in May 2009, Yager engaged in Internet chats with an undercover FBI agent that culminated in Yager making available via a peer-to-peer file sharing program dozens of images of child pornography for the undercover agent to download.  In June 2009, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Yager’s residence and discovered that after having been released from federal probation for his prior conviction, Yager traded hundreds of images of child pornography on the Internet using a peer-to-peer file sharing program that he had configured to allow the sharing of files through a photo card, which contained thousands of images of child pornography.

    Infant Sex Tape Case Horrifies Indiana Town

    Woman To Be Sentenced Dec. 2

    VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Single dad Robert Jones felt comfortable with his decision to hire Samantha Light as his toddler son’s baby sitter. She was from a respected, churchgoing family in this close-knit community, he knew her family and she was soon to be a young mother herself.Jones was thunderstruck when he learned that Light and her boyfriend had been arrested on charges of molesting and videotaping sex acts with at least four children in their care, including two under age 2.”I didn’t know how to react,” he said. “I basically said, ‘Where are they at and do you have pictures



    He was relieved to find that his child was not one of the ones involved in the case, but the question of whether his son was abused still haunts him.Light’s image had remained wholesome until March, when a 3-year-old girl and her mother walked into the sheriff’s department with allegations that would rock this quiet western Indiana town of 2,100: Light had touched the girl’s genitals, and there was video.Investigators armed with a search warrant descended on the little white bungalow that Light shared with her mother and boyfriend, Stephen E. Quick II. They found a videotape whose graphic images, taken over five months beginning in September 2008, sickened even longtime deputies:A sexual device being used on an infant girl. A young boy engaging in intercourse. A toddler being sodomized.”I’ve been a police officer for almost 30 years and it was probably the most sick, disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” said Chief Deputy Dana Jeffries.Even though Jones’ son, who was about 16 months old while in Light’s care, was not among the children on video, physicians examined the boy. The doctors told Jones they found no signs of abuse. He said he found other child care when Light had her baby and that his son wasn’t in her care at the time of the arrests.But he still isn’t sure his son wasn’t harmed. Now when his son doesn’t like to get his diaper changed he wonders whether he was abused or if he’s just being a stubborn toddler.”I don’t have no closure,” he said. “I just want to know if they did anything to my kid.”Prosecutors charged Light, 26, with four counts of child molestation and one of child exploitation related to the video’s production. Quick, 32, faced three counts of child molestation and one of child exploitation. Light pleaded guilty to three counts of molestation Oct. 9 and is to be sentenced Wednesday. Quick is discussing a plea agreement and faces a Dec. 15 hearing at which he could plead guilty or have a trial date set, Fountain County prosecutor Terry Martin said.Attorneys for Light and Quick have declined to comment.Jones has had thoughts of revenge since he learned of the allegations.”Whatever they get, they deserve — and that’s not enough,” he said.He said Light sent him a letter from jail July 31 claiming Quick used threats to get her to participate in the assaults.”Steve made me do the things I would have never done if he hadn’t threatened my family,” Light wrote, according to Jones. But he isn’t buying it.”You don’t do stuff like that to kids,” Jones said.The scars the case has left could be permanent, both for the victims and the one-stoplight community about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.”There was a trust level — and that’s been broken, big time,” said Jim Keeling, a 41-year-old mill worker who lives next door to the house where Light and Quick lived.And the people here are angry about losing the town’s unique sense of innocence.Life in Veedersburg moves along at a laid-back pace and many residents are related. The quiet town has grown quieter as the recession forced many foreclosures and jobs at two local brickyards disappeared.Until Light and Quick were arrested, crime was almost an afterthought. Doors stay unlocked, keys are left in cars, and with only one pub in town, there aren’t even many arrests for public intoxication or disorderly conduct. Town Marshal Neil Beck, a retired Indiana state trooper, says only one working meth lab has been found during his 8 1/2 years on the job.”People don’t worry about everyday dangers,” Beck said.Light, whose family has lived in town for years, had a reputation as a good baby sitter after returning to Veedersburg from Indianapolis, where she spent three years working as a clerk for the Indiana State Teachers Association’s insurance trust. She quit her clerk job in February 2008. She and Quick had been together about a year at the time of their arrests.Jones, a 40-year-old factory worker, said he had felt comfortable leaving his son in her care.Folks around town knew little about Quick’s background, however, and ugly rumors began to surface as time passed.Police records show Quick had a theft and burglary arrest in Clinton County in the 1990s. He was the focus of a 2000 child molestation investigation in Frankfort after a 3-year-old girl said Quick had shown her pornographic magazines. Frankfort Detective Bill Hackerd said the case was dropped for lack of evidence. Quick’s attorney didn’t return calls about those allegations.Investigators say the assaults occurred between September 2008 and February 2009 and that they do not believe there are any victims other than those shown on the tape. Those on the tape are believed to be the 3-year-old girl whose complaint started the investigation, a boy between the ages of 6 and 10, an infant girl under a year old and a boy about 18 months old.Families in town have become careful about checking their baby sitters’ backgrounds since the arrests, said Keeling, Light’s neighbor.The Rev. Matt Swisher, pastor at Veedersburg United Methodist Church, said the wounds are still fresh.”There’s a lot of hurt that happened and just a lot of prayer that needs to be going on,” he said.

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    Girl’s body found in North Carolina, police say

    (CNN) — The body of a missing 5-year-old girl has been found in North Carolina, police said Monday.

    Theresa Chance, public information officer of the Fayetteville Police Department, confirmed the body was discovered.

    Earlier Monday, about 200 people searched for the body of Shaniya Davis after “reliable information” indicated that she might be dead, Fayetteville, North Carolina, police said.

    The search focused on land near a roadway because “reliable information received that the body of Shaniya Davis may have been dumped there,” the Fayetteville Police Department said in a statement.

    Investigators had been searching for Shaniya for several days.

    Police have charged the girl’s mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, with trafficking and other offenses, authorities said. Davis was “prostituting her child,” Chance said.

    Other charges against the mother include felony child abuse, prostitution and filing a false police report, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

    The mother told police last week that the child vanished from their mobile home in Fayetteville.

    Hotel surveillance video taken around the same time Shaniya was reported missing showed the girl with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping.

    Police said they dropped kidnapping charges against another man, Clarence Coe, who was arrested Thursday in connection with the case.

    Mother Arrested In Drowning Of 3-Year-Old Daughter

    A three-year-old girl was found drowned in a bathtub on Sunday morning, and the victim’s mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to authorities.

    The Sacramento Police Department said they found three-year-old Divya unresponsive after receiving two calls from the girl’s father, who feared the mother had hurt her.

    Anul Ram, 31, picked up her daughter and her seven-year-old son from her ex-husband’s house at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Relatives told CBS13 that Anul had scratches all over her face, and her ex-husband called police after they left to ask for an officer to check on his family.

    Police said no officers were available at the time because of a homicide that happened two hours earlier.

    After Anul returned to her apartment on Greenhaven Drive in Sacramento, she allegedly called her ex-husband and told him she had drowned their daughter in the bathtub, according to a relative who did not wish to be identified.

    Divya’s father called police again, who responded and attempted to resuscitate the girl. The victim was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

    Anul Ram is on suicide watch at the Sacramento County Jail, where she is being held on murder charges and being in the country illegally.

    She was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder within the last year, according to a relative.

    Dugard’s Alleged Kidnapper Apologizes

    Phillip Garrido

    AP

    Phillip Garrido, the man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 and holding her captive for 18 years, writes a letter to a California television station, saying he wants to “apologize to every human being for what has taken place.” He also suggests that a religious transformation cured him of sexual deviancy.   Full Coverage >

    6th Man Arrested in Missouri Sex Case

    LEXINGTON, Mo. (Nov. 14) – The case against a family accused of child sex abuse expanded with the arrest of a sixth relative — a 72-year-old Florida man who had called the allegations against his kin repulsive and appalling.

    Darrel Wayne Mohler has been charged with raping two children in Missouri more than 20 years ago. His arrest Friday came a day after he told The Associated Press that the alleged child abuse by his relatives was “unspeakable.” 
    Mohler was charged in Lafayette County, Mo., with two counts of forcible rape in 1986. Officials said he was arrested and in custody at a jail Ocala, Fla., near his hometown of Silver Springs.
    Five other members of the Mohler family were charged earlier in the week with several felonies, including forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance.
    “I can’t think of words that would put this in perspective. I find it repulsive if it’s true,” Mohler said Thursday of his family members’ charges.
    Mohler said he was a disabled veteran suffering from various ailments, including lung disease. He did not return phone calls to his home Friday before his arrest.   Read More

    Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced to 175 Years for Sexually Exploiting Minors
    Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:54:08 -0600

    Bernie Hoffman, aka Tony Alamo, founder and leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, was sentenced to 175 years in prison following his conviction on charges that he transported minor girls across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

    Child Predator Sentenced in Midland Federal Court
    Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:18:06 -0600

    November 13, 2009 – Permian Basin residents can rest a little easier today as one more child predator is sentenced to prison time under the Adam Walsh Act, also known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 in which U.S. Marshals have primary investigative authority. Kenneth Daniel Spriggs was sentenced yesterday by Federal District Judge Rob Junell in Midland, to 30 months in custody with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by a term of 20 years of supervised release.

    Five Family Members Charged in Missouri Child Sex Case

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Five men from the same family are in custody in a stunning child sex crimes case in Missouri — and cadaver dogs are now being used in a hunt for possible bodies of victims, Fox4KC.com reports.

    Police are searching a patch of land on a farm property Wednesday near Bates City, Mo., a day after the men were charged with committing sex crimes against children, according to Fox4KC.com.

    Charged with multiple counts of child rape are 77-year-old Burrell Edward Mohler Sr. and his son Burrell Edward Mohler Jr., 53, both of Independence, Mo., along with 48-year-old Jared Leroy Mohler of Columbia, Mo.

    David A. Mohler, 52, of Lamoni, Iowa, was charged with one count of child rape, and Roland Neil Mohler, 47, of Bates City, Mo., is accused of using a child in a sexual performance — a felony. The relationships of Jared, David and Roland Mohler to Burrell Mohler Sr. and Burrell Mohler Jr. weren’t immediately known.

    The crimes allegedly were committed from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s.

    The elder Burrell Mohler is accused of drugging and forcibly raping a child under 12 and using a child in a sexual performance. His son is charged with sexual assault of a child under 14 and using a child in a sexual performance.

    It wasn’t clear how many young victims there allegedly were. All five men are being held behind bars without bond.

    A press conference will be held Wednesday to discuss more details of the case.

    Click for more on this story from Fox4KC.com.

    Convicted child-sex predator in court to face state charges

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    Convicted child predator John “Jacky” Worman, already facing 120 years in a federal penitentiary, was back in Delaware County court Tuesday to face hundreds of state charges involving the rape and sexual abuse of a number of children, some as young as 6 weeks old.

    Worman, 42, who has been described by authorities as a “monster,” is facing trial on 203 counts of rape of a child, 186 counts of deviate sexual intercourse and hundreds of related offenses for his alleged abuse of 12 children over a nine-year period.

    He was convicted in federal court last year on 55 counts of manufacturing child pornography and one count of child pornography. The case against Worman involved more than 1 million horrific images of child pornography — documented by the defendant while he committed anal, oral and vaginal sex on his victims who ranged from infancy to 15 years.

    In August, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel sentenced Worman to 120 years in a federal prison, saying the crimes he committed against his victims were the worst in the country.

    He is now back in Delaware County to face prosecution on hundreds of state charges.   Read More

    Nov 05, 2009

    Fetus Found At City Water Plant

    Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:52:46 PM

    Water Treatment Plant (11/5)

    ORLANDO — A human fetus has been found in a waste water tank at a city treatment plant.

    According to Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones, an employee at the water treatment facility found the fetus around 8:20 a.m. Thursday in an area that sifts debris from the water.

    The plant, located at 5420 L.B. McLeod Road, serves an area south of International Drive, north of state Road 50, west of MetroWest and east of downtown Orlando, including Parramore.

    Officials said the area where the fetus was found is usually automated, but it had been manually operated over the last couple of weeks, leading to the discovery.

    Workers were cleaning drainage equipment, and found the fetus when they cleaned out the sediment.

    The fetus was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Homicide investigators said the partial fetus’ gestational age was at about 14 to 15 weeks. Officials did not specify whether the fetus was male or female.

    Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force Announces Arrest

    Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force Announces Arrest

    ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, announces on behalf of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, the following arrest:

    Rocky Davis Jr., age 21, an EMT and fireman for Walker County, Georgia, was arrested on Friday, October 30, 2009 on state charges related to attempting to solicit a minor child for sex. Davis traveled to Catoosa County, Georgia after having engaged undercover officers/agents of the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force in a series of chats on the Internet.

    Davis is currently incarcerated at the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department jail.

    he Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force consists of federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and officers from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Dalton Police Department, Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Rossville Police Department, and the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

    The public is reminded that all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    October 31, 2009

    Girl shot dead after Calif. school football game

    Police searching for suspect in attack that injured two others

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – A 16-year-old girl died and two men were wounded after being shot following a football game at a Southern California high school.

    Long Beach police Sgt. Dina Zapalski said it’s unclear what led to Friday night’s shooting at Wilson High School. Police are searching for a suspect.

    The girl died at a hospital. Her name has not been released.

    Police: As many as 20 present at gang rape outside school dance

    Police say a student at Richmond High School was gang raped outside during a homecoming dance.

    Police say a student at Richmond High School was gang raped outside during a homecoming dance.

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • 10 people involved in assault, 10 others watched and offered no help, police say
    • Richmond, California, police say student was gang raped for over two hours
    • Former student, 19, and 15-year-old arrested
    • Victim, 15, remains in the hospital in stable condition

    Richmond, California (CNN) — Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance Saturday night.

    Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in what authorities describe as a 2½-hour assault on the Richmond High School campus in suburban San Francisco.

    Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but more arrests, as many as 20 total, are expected, according to a police detective.

    “We will be making arrests continually as we develop probable cause,” said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. “With this number of people implicated in the incident we’re going to be making arrests on an ongoing basis.”

    As many as 10 people were involved in the assault in a dimly lighted back alley at the school, while another 10 people watched without calling 911 to report it, police said.

    A 1999 California law makes it illegal not to report a witnessed crime against a child, but the law applies only to children 14 and under.

    “We do not have the ability to arrest people who witnessed the crime and did nothing,” Gagan said. “The law can be very rigid. We don’t have the authority to make an arrest.”

    Charles Ramsey, a member of the Richmond school board, said the school district bears some responsibility for the attack. School administrators and police apparently weren’t watching the area as they should have, Ramsey said.

    The school said it would hold a safety meeting for parents and students Wednesday evening to address the assault.

    The victim was found unconscious under a bench shortly before midnight Saturday, after police received a call from someone in the area who had overheard people at the assault scene “reminiscing about the incident,” Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan said.

    The girl was flown by helicopter to a hospital where she was admitted in critical condition. She was in stable condition Tuesday, police said.

    Investigators canvassed the community with fliers, which included the reward offer, hoping to identify more suspects Tuesday.

    “There is one individual in custody who has made some spontaneous statements that have led me to believe that he is culpable for what happened,” Richmond police Lt. Johan Simon said.

    Nineteen-year-old Manuel Ortega, described as a former student at the school, was arrested soon after he fled the scene and will face charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping, police said.

    A 15-year-old was later arrested and charged with one count of felony sexual assault. A third teenager was being interviewed, Gagan said.

    “Based on witness statements and suspect statements, and also physical evidence, we know that she was raped by at least four suspects committing multiple sex acts,” Gagan said.

    “As people announced over time that this was going on, more people came to see, and some actually participated,” Gagan said.

    The attack occurred on school grounds as the annual homecoming dance was under way inside the school Saturday night, authorities said.

    Virginia Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Minors and Transporting Minors Across State Lines for Prostitution in Virginia and Jacksonville

    JACKSONVILLE, FL—U.S. Attorney Brian A. Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Marvin Leigh Madkins (age 29, of Virginia) to 50 years in federal prison for sex trafficking of minors and transporting minors across state lines for prostitution. A federal jury had found Madkins guilty of those charges on March 6, 2009.

    According to evidence presented at trial, Madkins recruited two minors from the state of Virginia to engage in prostitution in Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida, knowing that force, fraud, or coercion would be used to cause the minors to engage in commercial sex acts. Madkins promised the minors that if they would serve as prostitutes in Virginia for a short period of time, they and he would earn enough money to go to Florida for an extravagant vacation. Madkins also told the minors that, once in Florida, he would obtain cocaine, sell it, and use the proceeds from the drug sales to fund trips to Miami, Atlanta, and New York.

    After Madkins engaged the minors in prostitution in Virginia, the minors rode with Madkins on a Greyhound Bus to Jacksonville using false names on tickets that Madkins had obtained. Within days of their arrival in Jacksonville, the minors were required to engage in prostitution to pay for hotels, food, and other items. Madkins engaged the minors in prostitution from a number of local hotels and obtained multiple customers using various methods, including Internet postings on Craigslist.

    This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mac D. Heavener, III and Nicholas A. Pilgrim.

    More Than 50 Children Rescued During Operation Cross Country IV

    Over the past 72 hours, the FBI, its local and state law enforcement partners, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concluded Operation Cross Country IV, a three-day national enforcement action as part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The operation included enforcement actions in 36 cities across 30 FBI divisions around the country and led to the recovery of 52 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 691 others, including 60 pimps, were arrested on state and local charges.

    “Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces,” said Kevin Perkins, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization. Through our strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies, we are able to make a difference.”

    Task Force operations usually begin as local actions, targeting such places as truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and Internet websites, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested often uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this information in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and file federal charges where appropriate.

    To date, the 34 Innocence Lost Task Forces and Working Groups have recovered nearly 900 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 510 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including multiple 25-years-to-life sentences and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

    “It is repugnant that children in these times could be subjected to the great pain, suffering, and indignity of being forced into sexual slavery for someone else’s profit,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, “but Cross Country IV has shown us that the scourge of child prostitution still exists on the streets of our cities. The FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and all the state and local law enforcement agencies that contributed to this operation are to be commended for their dedication to this cause. We will all continue to work tirelessly to end the victimization of innocent children.”

    In the spring of 2003, the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice’s CEOS and NCMEC, formed the Innocence Lost National Initiative to address the growing problem of children forced into prostitution.

    “Child trafficking for the purposes of prostitution is organized criminal activity using kids as commodities for sale or trade,” said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “These kids are victims. They lack the ability to walk away. This is 21st century slavery. We are proud to have worked hand-in-hand with the FBI and Justice Department in a partnership that is unprecedented, historic, and working.”

    This program brings state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers all from around the country to NCMEC, where the groups are trained together. In addition, CEOS has reinforced the training by assigning prosecutors to help bring cases in those cities plagued by child prostitution.

    The FBI thanks the 1,599 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers representing 112 separate agencies who participated in Operation Cross Country and ongoing enforcement efforts.

    The charges announced today are merely accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

    For more information on Operation Cross Country and the Innocence Lost National Initiative, visit http://www.fbi.gov, http://www.justice.gov or http://www.ncmec.org

     
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