Wednesday, October 26, 2011

 
CyberTipline® Success Stories
October 2011



Report Sexual Exploitation of Children to the CyberTipline.
Undercover Investigation Leads to Arrest of Online Enticement Suspect
On July 27, 2011, the CyberTipline received a complaint from a concerned citizen, who reported an adult user attempting to solicit sex from girls between the ages of 12 and 15 on a popular file hosting site.

Using the email address provided by the reporting person, an analyst with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Division (ECD) located additional postings by the suspect where he expressed interest in looking at young girls in various public places and requested that like-minded parents contact him and arrange times for him to meet their daughters. Based on references in the postings to the San Francisco area, the analyst immediately notified the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, an OJJDP-funded program, out of the San Jose Police Department.

An ICAC investigator immediately launched an undercover operation and began chatting with the suspect while posing as the single parent of a 13-year-old girl. During the month-long conversation, the investigator introduced his “daughter” to the suspect, and the conversations quickly turned sexual in nature. Eventually, the suspect and “child” made plans at a specific time and place to meet for sex.

Equipped with this information, the investigator obtained search warrants for the suspect’s various email accounts and determined he had both sent and received multiple images of child pornography. On September 15, 2011, members of the Silicon Valley ICAC executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence, where they located and seized additional digital evidence. Although the suspect was not home at the time, he was soon located at a nearby hospital, where his wife was in the process of giving birth to their daughter.

The suspect is currently facing charges of soliciting a minor child for sex, arranging with a minor child for sex, grooming a minor child for sex, and possession of child pornography.




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