Uwe Kolbig – Convicted Pedophile kills 9 year old boy

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Police are using tracker dogs, helicopters and heat-seeking equipment in their hunt for a convicted paedophile who is believed to have raped and killed a boy of nine.

Authorities in the German city of Leipzig released chilling photographs of the last sighting of Mitja Hofmann, whose body was found in an allotment.

He was captured by CCTV as he sat on a tram – next to known pervert Uwe Kolbig, 43.

Kolbig has already served two years in prison for sexually abusing children in 1998.

Spokesman Uwe Matthias believes Mitja met the suspect at a tram stop and they had boarded together.

“That is where the cameras filmed the man with the boy,” he said.

Since the pictures and 4,000 leaflets were distributed more than 50 sightings of the suspect have been reported to police.

More than 200 officers have been searching a woodland area north of Leipzig.

Mitja’s parents Gabriela, 50, and Joerg, 49, are being treated by psychologists. They have seven other children.

Germans are now calling for strickter penalties for paedophiles.

Uwe Kolbig – Convicted Pedophile kills 9 year old boy

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Police are using tracker dogs, helicopters and heat-seeking equipment in their hunt for a convicted paedophile who is believed to have raped and killed a boy of nine.

Authorities in the German city of Leipzig released chilling photographs of the last sighting of Mitja Hofmann, whose body was found in an allotment.

He was captured by CCTV as he sat on a tram – next to known pervert Uwe Kolbig, 43.

Kolbig has already served two years in prison for sexually abusing children in 1998.

Spokesman Uwe Matthias believes Mitja met the suspect at a tram stop and they had boarded together.

“That is where the cameras filmed the man with the boy,” he said.

Since the pictures and 4,000 leaflets were distributed more than 50 sightings of the suspect have been reported to police.

More than 200 officers have been searching a woodland area north of Leipzig.

Mitja’s parents Gabriela, 50, and Joerg, 49, are being treated by psychologists. They have seven other children.

Germans are now calling for strickter penalties for paedophiles.

Raymond Kenneth Horne – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile – Preys on Boys

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

A serial pedophile who has spent a total of 14 years in jail for offenses against boys as young as 13 will arrive in London tomorrow after being deported from Australia.

As experts warn that he is likely to reoffend, Raymond Kenneth Horne, 61, will be handed to police in London by Australian immigration officials who accompanied him on a flight at midday Wednesday.

He was released from a Brisbane, Australia, jail after serving a 12-year sentence for 14 child sex offenses committed after he lured two homeless boys to his apartment while volunteering for a charity.

Once in Britain, he will be forced to sign the Sex Offenders Register and faces a further five years behind bars if caught alone with a child.

Authorities had planned to keep Horne in custody indefinitely, but immigration officials decided this month to cancel his visa in light of his criminal history and deport him.

He left behind a 43-year criminal history in the state of Queensland, where he arrived from Britain as a 5-year-old boy with his family in 1952. He never took Australian citizenship.

The Immigration Department has not explained why Horne was not deported decades ago, after his first two-month prison sentence for child sex offenses in 1968.

By the time he turned 21 that year, he already had a lengthy criminal history, with convictions for assault, drug and sexual offenses over a three-year period.

Horne was jailed again in 1992 for indecent acts with boys aged under 14, and was paroled the following year. He reoffended within a month. He was returned to custody in May 1993 and paroled once more in November 1994.

Months later, while volunteering for the Brisbane City Mission charity, he offered food and a place to sleep separately to two boys, aged 13 and 15. Both were subjected to sex acts including sodomy and were indecently photographed.

When he was convicted and jailed in 1996, the judge described Horne as “a persistent sex offender who preyed upon young, vulnerable boys.”

Judy Spence, Queensland’s Police Minister, said after the decision that Horne should be closely watched and that Australia “would be well rid of him.”

“His heinous crimes speak for themselves. If he wasn’t being thrown out of the country we would have applied to the court to have him kept in jail,” she said. “I’m told UK authorities know he’s coming. My advice to them is to keep him under close supervision.”

Doctors and child protection groups say that the risk of pedophiles such as Horne reoffending increases after deportation, owing to the offender’s heightened anxiety.

“These types of offenders are just not going to get better. The only thing to do is to keep them locked up,” said Bravehearts, the child protection agency.

Serious offenders are regularly returned to their homeland after serving out their jail term in Australia, sometimes to reoffend.

Edward Godfrey, a serial rapist deported from to Britain in 2001, raped an Australian backpacker a year later and in 2004 was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2005 Robert Excell, a pedophile who had raped or indecently dealt with a series of boys over a period of 16 years, was deported from Perth in Western Australia. He had served almost 40 years in prison for child sex offenses dating back to 1965.

Raymond Kenneth Horne – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile – Preys on Boys

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

A serial pedophile who has spent a total of 14 years in jail for offenses against boys as young as 13 will arrive in London tomorrow after being deported from Australia.

As experts warn that he is likely to reoffend, Raymond Kenneth Horne, 61, will be handed to police in London by Australian immigration officials who accompanied him on a flight at midday Wednesday.

He was released from a Brisbane, Australia, jail after serving a 12-year sentence for 14 child sex offenses committed after he lured two homeless boys to his apartment while volunteering for a charity.

Once in Britain, he will be forced to sign the Sex Offenders Register and faces a further five years behind bars if caught alone with a child.

Authorities had planned to keep Horne in custody indefinitely, but immigration officials decided this month to cancel his visa in light of his criminal history and deport him.

He left behind a 43-year criminal history in the state of Queensland, where he arrived from Britain as a 5-year-old boy with his family in 1952. He never took Australian citizenship.

The Immigration Department has not explained why Horne was not deported decades ago, after his first two-month prison sentence for child sex offenses in 1968.

By the time he turned 21 that year, he already had a lengthy criminal history, with convictions for assault, drug and sexual offenses over a three-year period.

Horne was jailed again in 1992 for indecent acts with boys aged under 14, and was paroled the following year. He reoffended within a month. He was returned to custody in May 1993 and paroled once more in November 1994.

Months later, while volunteering for the Brisbane City Mission charity, he offered food and a place to sleep separately to two boys, aged 13 and 15. Both were subjected to sex acts including sodomy and were indecently photographed.

When he was convicted and jailed in 1996, the judge described Horne as “a persistent sex offender who preyed upon young, vulnerable boys.”

Judy Spence, Queensland’s Police Minister, said after the decision that Horne should be closely watched and that Australia “would be well rid of him.”

“His heinous crimes speak for themselves. If he wasn’t being thrown out of the country we would have applied to the court to have him kept in jail,” she said. “I’m told UK authorities know he’s coming. My advice to them is to keep him under close supervision.”

Doctors and child protection groups say that the risk of pedophiles such as Horne reoffending increases after deportation, owing to the offender’s heightened anxiety.

“These types of offenders are just not going to get better. The only thing to do is to keep them locked up,” said Bravehearts, the child protection agency.

Serious offenders are regularly returned to their homeland after serving out their jail term in Australia, sometimes to reoffend.

Edward Godfrey, a serial rapist deported from to Britain in 2001, raped an Australian backpacker a year later and in 2004 was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2005 Robert Excell, a pedophile who had raped or indecently dealt with a series of boys over a period of 16 years, was deported from Perth in Western Australia. He had served almost 40 years in prison for child sex offenses dating back to 1965.

Victor Scott McPeak Jr – Teacher with Child Porn and his Mother knew about it


Arizona Charter Academy teacher Victor Scott McPeak Jr. was targeted in a local child-pornography investigation last fall, and that fact was known by at least one other Arizona Charter Academy teacher: his mother.

Elizabeth McPeak, a kindergarten teacher at Surprise’s Arizona Charter Academy, disclosed her knowledge at her son’s March 21 federal detention hearing, apparently catching school officials off guard.

The younger McPeak, 36, was arrested by federal agents last week and accused of receiving and distributing child pornography online. His arrest was part of a probe of an international child-pornography ring that prosecutors say spanned 20-plus countries.

The Surprise Police Department is now conducting an inquiry of its own.

At last week’s hearing, federal prosecutors said the FBI learned that the Sheriff’s Office earlier had gone to McPeak Jr.’s home in Surprise and confiscated two laptop computers, suspecting he had used his credit card to set up a child-pornography Web site.

McPeak’s mother, a teacher at the school for 4½ years, told the court she and her husband, Victor Scott McPeak Sr., a former minister, were aware in November of the Sheriff’s probe.

The FBI alleges McPeak Jr. bought another laptop and continued his activities.

At the time of McPeak’s March 17 arrest, officials alleged that he possessed thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of girls as young as 8 on that laptop computer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan released McPeak to his parents on condition that his two children, aged 9 and 12, not live in the same home.

“I need you to be a lot more vigilant,” Duncan told McPeak’s parents.

The McPeaks declined to comment after the hearing.

Surprise police consider McPeak Jr. a “person of interest,” and the department is communicating with the FBI about the matter, Sgt. Randy Rody, a Surprise police spokesman, said Wednesday.

Surprise police started their own inquiry as a “prudent measure, given the existing allegations” about McPeak, who taught at Arizona Charter Academy for 5½ years, Rody said. Police have reportedly made contact with Principal Heather Henderson about the matter.

“Given his position at the school, the position he had . . . how close he was with kids . . . just to assume nothing happened would be irresponsible,” he said.

On Tuesday, school administrator Melissa Holdaway said McPeak, who also taught an after-school juggling class, has been terminated as an employee. She said she and other staff members were unaware of a Sheriff’s Office investigation in November, and she declined further comment “until I have all the facts.”

The school left it to parents to discuss the matter with their students, giving out the Police Department’s number as a precaution.

“Always, our first priority is the safety of our students,” Holdaway said, noting that the school conducted a background check on the McPeak Jr. and found a clean record.

Capt. Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, would neither confirm nor deny the existence of its own investigation of McPeak.

Surprise investigators are determining whether schoolchildren had physical contact with McPeak while he taught, Rody said. No victims have yet been identified, he said, and police have not been on school grounds to interview staff or children. However, they are not ruling out a trip to the charter school’s campus.

“We’re dependent on where the investigation takes us,” Rody said. “I’m confident that, at some point, we’ll be out there to talk to teachers or anybody like that. It just depends on where the investigation goes.”

McPeak Jr. will live with his parents in Surprise under home incarceration, with electronic-bracelet monitoring, by order of U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan.

He can only leave the residence for court appearances, religious services and doctor’s appointments, Duncan said. He also stipulated no computers or Internet access at the home, and McPeak cannot have contact with children under 18.

FBI agents who searched McPeak Jr.’s home in the 11900 block of North 152nd Drive in Surprise reportedly finding on his laptop computer numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicitly conduct, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Court records also say that “he has had a sexual interest in minors for approximately five years” and that he has been trying to hide his sexual interest from his 12-year-old daughter.

Rody advised parents – not just those with children at the charter school – to keep an open dialogue on what is considered “good touching” and “bad touching.”

“When these incidents happen, it brings forth (a concern) on everyone’s minds,” Rody said. “But this should be something (parents) should talk to their kids about all the time, so kids are . . . comfortable conveying things to a responsible adult in their lives.”

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Victor Scott McPeak Jr – Teacher with Child Porn and his Mother knew about it


Arizona Charter Academy teacher Victor Scott McPeak Jr. was targeted in a local child-pornography investigation last fall, and that fact was known by at least one other Arizona Charter Academy teacher: his mother.

Elizabeth McPeak, a kindergarten teacher at Surprise’s Arizona Charter Academy, disclosed her knowledge at her son’s March 21 federal detention hearing, apparently catching school officials off guard.

The younger McPeak, 36, was arrested by federal agents last week and accused of receiving and distributing child pornography online. His arrest was part of a probe of an international child-pornography ring that prosecutors say spanned 20-plus countries.

The Surprise Police Department is now conducting an inquiry of its own.

At last week’s hearing, federal prosecutors said the FBI learned that the Sheriff’s Office earlier had gone to McPeak Jr.’s home in Surprise and confiscated two laptop computers, suspecting he had used his credit card to set up a child-pornography Web site.

McPeak’s mother, a teacher at the school for 4½ years, told the court she and her husband, Victor Scott McPeak Sr., a former minister, were aware in November of the Sheriff’s probe.

The FBI alleges McPeak Jr. bought another laptop and continued his activities.

At the time of McPeak’s March 17 arrest, officials alleged that he possessed thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of girls as young as 8 on that laptop computer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan released McPeak to his parents on condition that his two children, aged 9 and 12, not live in the same home.

“I need you to be a lot more vigilant,” Duncan told McPeak’s parents.

The McPeaks declined to comment after the hearing.

Surprise police consider McPeak Jr. a “person of interest,” and the department is communicating with the FBI about the matter, Sgt. Randy Rody, a Surprise police spokesman, said Wednesday.

Surprise police started their own inquiry as a “prudent measure, given the existing allegations” about McPeak, who taught at Arizona Charter Academy for 5½ years, Rody said. Police have reportedly made contact with Principal Heather Henderson about the matter.

“Given his position at the school, the position he had . . . how close he was with kids . . . just to assume nothing happened would be irresponsible,” he said.

On Tuesday, school administrator Melissa Holdaway said McPeak, who also taught an after-school juggling class, has been terminated as an employee. She said she and other staff members were unaware of a Sheriff’s Office investigation in November, and she declined further comment “until I have all the facts.”

The school left it to parents to discuss the matter with their students, giving out the Police Department’s number as a precaution.

“Always, our first priority is the safety of our students,” Holdaway said, noting that the school conducted a background check on the McPeak Jr. and found a clean record.

Capt. Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, would neither confirm nor deny the existence of its own investigation of McPeak.

Surprise investigators are determining whether schoolchildren had physical contact with McPeak while he taught, Rody said. No victims have yet been identified, he said, and police have not been on school grounds to interview staff or children. However, they are not ruling out a trip to the charter school’s campus.

“We’re dependent on where the investigation takes us,” Rody said. “I’m confident that, at some point, we’ll be out there to talk to teachers or anybody like that. It just depends on where the investigation goes.”

McPeak Jr. will live with his parents in Surprise under home incarceration, with electronic-bracelet monitoring, by order of U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan.

He can only leave the residence for court appearances, religious services and doctor’s appointments, Duncan said. He also stipulated no computers or Internet access at the home, and McPeak cannot have contact with children under 18.

FBI agents who searched McPeak Jr.’s home in the 11900 block of North 152nd Drive in Surprise reportedly finding on his laptop computer numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicitly conduct, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Court records also say that “he has had a sexual interest in minors for approximately five years” and that he has been trying to hide his sexual interest from his 12-year-old daughter.

Rody advised parents – not just those with children at the charter school – to keep an open dialogue on what is considered “good touching” and “bad touching.”

“When these incidents happen, it brings forth (a concern) on everyone’s minds,” Rody said. “But this should be something (parents) should talk to their kids about all the time, so kids are . . . comfortable conveying things to a responsible adult in their lives.”

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Victor Scott McPeak Jr – Teacher with Child Porn and his Mother knew about it


Arizona Charter Academy teacher Victor Scott McPeak Jr. was targeted in a local child-pornography investigation last fall, and that fact was known by at least one other Arizona Charter Academy teacher: his mother.

Elizabeth McPeak, a kindergarten teacher at Surprise’s Arizona Charter Academy, disclosed her knowledge at her son’s March 21 federal detention hearing, apparently catching school officials off guard.

The younger McPeak, 36, was arrested by federal agents last week and accused of receiving and distributing child pornography online. His arrest was part of a probe of an international child-pornography ring that prosecutors say spanned 20-plus countries.

The Surprise Police Department is now conducting an inquiry of its own.

At last week’s hearing, federal prosecutors said the FBI learned that the Sheriff’s Office earlier had gone to McPeak Jr.’s home in Surprise and confiscated two laptop computers, suspecting he had used his credit card to set up a child-pornography Web site.

McPeak’s mother, a teacher at the school for 4½ years, told the court she and her husband, Victor Scott McPeak Sr., a former minister, were aware in November of the Sheriff’s probe.

The FBI alleges McPeak Jr. bought another laptop and continued his activities.

At the time of McPeak’s March 17 arrest, officials alleged that he possessed thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of girls as young as 8 on that laptop computer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan released McPeak to his parents on condition that his two children, aged 9 and 12, not live in the same home.

“I need you to be a lot more vigilant,” Duncan told McPeak’s parents.

The McPeaks declined to comment after the hearing.

Surprise police consider McPeak Jr. a “person of interest,” and the department is communicating with the FBI about the matter, Sgt. Randy Rody, a Surprise police spokesman, said Wednesday.

Surprise police started their own inquiry as a “prudent measure, given the existing allegations” about McPeak, who taught at Arizona Charter Academy for 5½ years, Rody said. Police have reportedly made contact with Principal Heather Henderson about the matter.

“Given his position at the school, the position he had . . . how close he was with kids . . . just to assume nothing happened would be irresponsible,” he said.

On Tuesday, school administrator Melissa Holdaway said McPeak, who also taught an after-school juggling class, has been terminated as an employee. She said she and other staff members were unaware of a Sheriff’s Office investigation in November, and she declined further comment “until I have all the facts.”

The school left it to parents to discuss the matter with their students, giving out the Police Department’s number as a precaution.

“Always, our first priority is the safety of our students,” Holdaway said, noting that the school conducted a background check on the McPeak Jr. and found a clean record.

Capt. Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, would neither confirm nor deny the existence of its own investigation of McPeak.

Surprise investigators are determining whether schoolchildren had physical contact with McPeak while he taught, Rody said. No victims have yet been identified, he said, and police have not been on school grounds to interview staff or children. However, they are not ruling out a trip to the charter school’s campus.

“We’re dependent on where the investigation takes us,” Rody said. “I’m confident that, at some point, we’ll be out there to talk to teachers or anybody like that. It just depends on where the investigation goes.”

McPeak Jr. will live with his parents in Surprise under home incarceration, with electronic-bracelet monitoring, by order of U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan.

He can only leave the residence for court appearances, religious services and doctor’s appointments, Duncan said. He also stipulated no computers or Internet access at the home, and McPeak cannot have contact with children under 18.

FBI agents who searched McPeak Jr.’s home in the 11900 block of North 152nd Drive in Surprise reportedly finding on his laptop computer numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicitly conduct, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Court records also say that “he has had a sexual interest in minors for approximately five years” and that he has been trying to hide his sexual interest from his 12-year-old daughter.

Rody advised parents – not just those with children at the charter school – to keep an open dialogue on what is considered “good touching” and “bad touching.”

“When these incidents happen, it brings forth (a concern) on everyone’s minds,” Rody said. “But this should be something (parents) should talk to their kids about all the time, so kids are . . . comfortable conveying things to a responsible adult in their lives.”

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Stephen John Laing – New Zealand’s worst Child pornographer

Judge Philip Recordon said Laing was a serious and persistent offender who encouraged others to commit offences against children over a lengthy time.


Convicted child pornography distributor Stephen John Laing, 25, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

But members of the End Child Prostitution and Trafficking lobby group say the Massey resident should have been put away for longer.

Laing was jailed in March for the possession and distribution of child pornography.

He received the toughest sentence ever handed down for his type of crime in New Zealand.

Lobby group spokeswoman Lyn Mayson says the repeat offender should be in preventative custody.

“I think the sentence was too light – it’s the third or fourth time he’s been convicted,” she says.

“The Department of Internal Affairs has done a brilliant job catching him but then he just gets five years.”

Judge Philip Recordon said Laing was a serious and persistent offender who encouraged others to commit offences against children over a lengthy time.

He said his starting point for sentencing was seven and a half years but gave Laing credit for his early guilty pleas and sentenced him to the lesser term.

The heaviest sentence for similar crimes was three and a half years prison handed down to a Waikato man in October 2005 after the introduction of harsher penalties several months earlier.

The Department of Internal Affairs told the court that Laing’s offending was the most serious of its kind so far in New Zealand because of the brazen nature of his acts and the fact he is a repeat offender.

“On four separate occasions over several years our censorship inspectors have caught Laing trading in pictures of children being sexually abused,” spokesman Keith Manch says.

Mr Manch says previous sentences, including attempts at rehabilitating Mr Laing, have clearly
failed.

Laing was expelled from a sex offender programme for continuing to offend while undergoing treatment.

He was convicted for a third time for distribution and possession of objectionable publications last July and committed the latest offences while on bail awaiting sentence.

He was sentenced to two years supervision, 350 hours community work and fined after his first offence in 2003.

He got a one-year jail term after his second conviction in 2005.

Stop Demand Foundation founder Denise Ritchie is pleased with the latest sentence.

“It’s the toughest to date so we’re happy with that,” she says.

“I think it provides a good benchmark for future cases.”

UPDATE

One of New Zealand’s worst child pornography distributors – sentenced to a record jail term this month – has been moved to a secure unit after being attacked in Mt Eden prison.

Computer technician Stephen John Laing, 25, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when he appeared in the Waitakere District Court 10 days ago on 56 representative charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Stephen John Laing – New Zealand’s worst Child pornographer

Judge Philip Recordon said Laing was a serious and persistent offender who encouraged others to commit offences against children over a lengthy time.


Convicted child pornography distributor Stephen John Laing, 25, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

But members of the End Child Prostitution and Trafficking lobby group say the Massey resident should have been put away for longer.

Laing was jailed in March for the possession and distribution of child pornography.

He received the toughest sentence ever handed down for his type of crime in New Zealand.

Lobby group spokeswoman Lyn Mayson says the repeat offender should be in preventative custody.

“I think the sentence was too light – it’s the third or fourth time he’s been convicted,” she says.

“The Department of Internal Affairs has done a brilliant job catching him but then he just gets five years.”

Judge Philip Recordon said Laing was a serious and persistent offender who encouraged others to commit offences against children over a lengthy time.

He said his starting point for sentencing was seven and a half years but gave Laing credit for his early guilty pleas and sentenced him to the lesser term.

The heaviest sentence for similar crimes was three and a half years prison handed down to a Waikato man in October 2005 after the introduction of harsher penalties several months earlier.

The Department of Internal Affairs told the court that Laing’s offending was the most serious of its kind so far in New Zealand because of the brazen nature of his acts and the fact he is a repeat offender.

“On four separate occasions over several years our censorship inspectors have caught Laing trading in pictures of children being sexually abused,” spokesman Keith Manch says.

Mr Manch says previous sentences, including attempts at rehabilitating Mr Laing, have clearly
failed.

Laing was expelled from a sex offender programme for continuing to offend while undergoing treatment.

He was convicted for a third time for distribution and possession of objectionable publications last July and committed the latest offences while on bail awaiting sentence.

He was sentenced to two years supervision, 350 hours community work and fined after his first offence in 2003.

He got a one-year jail term after his second conviction in 2005.

Stop Demand Foundation founder Denise Ritchie is pleased with the latest sentence.

“It’s the toughest to date so we’re happy with that,” she says.

“I think it provides a good benchmark for future cases.”

UPDATE

One of New Zealand’s worst child pornography distributors – sentenced to a record jail term this month – has been moved to a secure unit after being attacked in Mt Eden prison.

Computer technician Stephen John Laing, 25, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when he appeared in the Waitakere District Court 10 days ago on 56 representative charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Alan Hesketh – Made Viagra – Then looked at Child Porn

A British-born executive of Viagra-makers Pfizer has been arrested on child porn charges in the United States.

Alan Hesketh, global patent director of the pharmaceutical giant, is accused of posing as a 28-year-old woman while trading hundreds of images of children engaged in sex acts.

He allegedly traded the images with a man from Buffalo, New York, while chatting online between June 2006 and May 2007.

A Pfizer spokeswoman said Hesketh was on leave of absence from the company.

Federal agents said Hesketh, 61, signed on to the internet from his home in Connecticut and other internet addresses, including one registered to Pfizer in New York.

Hesketh was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York on Wednesday.

Hesketh, who was born in Britain, is a permanent US resident and has lived in the States since 2002.

If Hesketh is indicted and convicted, he will face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum 20 years for receiving and distributing child pornography and a maximum of 10 years in prison for possession of child porn. He could also face fines of up to £250,000.

Department of Homeland Security special agent Jason Dragon said Hesketh used the screen name “Suzybibaby” and posed as a 28-year-old woman interested “in images of child pornography”.

Hesketh, who lives with his wife Jan in Stonington, Connecticut, has been remanded in custody until a bail hearing on Monday.

Kevin O’Connor, the US Attorney for Connecticut, said Hesketh’s arrest was part of Operation Predator, an ongoing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency initiative.

Predator targets those who prey on and exploit children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, internet pornographers, and “foreign national predators whose crimes make them deportable”, he said.

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