Shawn M. Mahoney – Victims in Child Pornography Identified

Hundreds of the images Shawn M. Mahoney received and passed on to other Internet users included the sexual abuse of pre-pubescent girls as young as two and four-years-old.

“The images included pictures of real children, identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” according to statement of facts in his case.

U.S. District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton sentenced Mahoney, 37 of Arlington, on Friday, June 5 to 70 months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

Mahoney, who pled guilty in February, will remain under court supervision for 15 years and will be required to register as a sex offender in any area where he lives, works or attends school.
During several chats with undercover officers on an Internet chat room and file-sharing program, Mahoney sent child pornography to an ICE undercover agent, according to Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James Dinkins, of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

When officers searched Mahoney’s house and computer, they discovered that Mahoney received thousands of images of child pornography during dozens of chat sessions with other users of the file-sharing program.

Arlington County Police Department investigated the case with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Eisinger and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCormack, on detail from the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, prosecuted the case.

Patrick Prince – Child Pornography Charges


After a 2-year-long investigation, police arrested a local man Thursday on charges he possessed pictures depicting child pornography on his computer.

Patrick Prince, 48, of 38 Pine St. Apt. 3, now faces a federal charge of possession of child pornography after being indicted on Wednesday and arrested Thursday. He was arraigned in federal court in Concord Friday and released on a conditional release. Rochester Police Lt. Anthony Triano said Prince can have no contact with children and cannot possess computer equipment of any kind as conditions of his release.

Police began investigating the case in October 2007, when they received a call from a computer repairs business reporting Prince brought in a computer that they believed had child porn on it, Triano said.

Police conducted a forensic investigation in December 2007, but at the time did not have the proper equipment to adequately search the computer. It was sent to the state lab, and in August 2008 the computer came back to Rochester. By that time, police had obtained the appropriate equipment through their cyber crime unit and were able to do the necessary searches, Triano said.

In September 2008, police obtained a second computer of Prince’s after executing a search warrant, Triano said. After completing the lengthy search of Price’s computer files police in January suspected there were more than 100 images of child pornography on the computers they searched. Triano said they forwarded the information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia, where they confirmed the images did depict child pornography.

More computer equipment has since been retrieved. Triano said it is currently unknown if there is more child pornography stored on the additional equipment.

“It takes quite a while to complete this kind of forensics,” Triano said. He added the NCMEC has a stockpile of child porn images and they are able to identify potential victims and determine with certainty that the images are of someone that is underage.

While Triano said Prince does have children of his own, police do not believe any of them were victims in this case. He could not release information on how many children Prince has or their ages. The no unsupervised contact provision of Prince’s release includes his own children, Triano said.

Based on reports compiled with the help of NCMEC, police forwarded the information to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who sought an indictment from a federal grand jury. Triano said they went for a federal indictment because of the higher court’s ability to hand down harsher punishments.

Triano said Prince could be facing additional charges as the investigation continues. Information suggesting he distributed or produced the images could lead to further enhanced charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Fitzgibbon is prosecuting the case, which is tentatively scheduled for trial on July 21.

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

Earl S. LaFountain – 86 year old distributed child porn


An 86-year-old man was arrested today and charged with possessing and transmitting child pornography.

Earl S. LaFountain was arrested and is being held at the Lee County Jail. He is charged with 13 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of transmission of child pornography, sheriff’s spokesman John Sheehan said.

Last June, America Online discovered an e-mail which contained an embedded image depicting child pornography. That information was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which generated a report and forwarded it to investigators with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Information in the report showed that Earl LaFountain, of 30 Verlo Court, Fort Myers, was responsible for sending the image through his AOL accounts.

Additional information provided by the center, and the subsequent investigation by Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the case, revealed a total of 13 images depicting child pornography on LaFountain’s personal computer.

Around 3:30 p.m., LaFountain was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail.

Rising Number Of Online Sexual Predators Overwhelming

Last year, 85,301 reports of child porn and 8,787 reports of online enticement were received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s cyber tip line.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that investigations of Internet crimes against children resulted in 3,000 arrests nationwide in 2008.

The number of cases involving online child pornography and sexual predators have overwhelmed agents at the Wisconsin Justice Department, the Associated Press reported.

Agents and computer experts over the past decade have gone after hundreds of predators who solicit sex from kids or trade child pornography online.

However, experts say the number of cases involving online sexual predators has quietly multiplied across the nation, with arrests more than quadrupling in 10 years.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he doesn’t think very much significant progress has happened yet.

“Our community leaders don’t even know how bad the problem is. The general population has no idea,” he said.

Mike Myszewski, administrator of the department’s Criminal Investigation unit, said the Internet was just gaining traction when an online child porn arrest was made by Wisconsin’s Justice Department in 1995.

“The next year saw six arrests. The year after that, 13. By then agency officials realized what the future held,” he said.

Myszewski received $300,000 in federal seed money in order to set up one of the first units to combat Internet crimes against children. Some 60 similar task forces now exist nationwide.

The group first focused on “travelers,” people who solicit sex from children online and arrange meetings with them. The unit made 18 arrests the first year, 36 in 2000 and 24 in 2001.

Myszewski said that the numbers from units across the country were so encouraging that federal officials thought they could eradicate chat room solicitation within three years.

But Wisconsin arrests soon dropped from 24 in 2001 to 17 in 2002 to 11 in 2003, as Internet access became more accessible and online trading became more covert. Peer-to-peer file sharing software enabled porn purveyors to send photographs and videos directly to each other’s computers anywhere in the world within seconds.

Last year, 85,301 reports of child porn and 8,787 reports of online enticement were received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s cyber tip line.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that investigations of Internet crimes against children resulted in 3,000 arrests nationwide in 2008.

Michelle Collins, executive director of the missing children center’s exploited child division, said the statistics show how an entire generation has moved online, seeking reinforcement from others with the same abhorrent sexual tastes.

Wisconsin forensic computer analyst Dave Matthews said what is most disturbing is the correlation between child porn and enticement. “Viewing leads to doing,” he said.

Msyzewski said the state justice department began training every criminal agent in its Division of Criminal Investigation to help as Wisconsin’s unit moved from busting travelers to taking down porn users. Since 2004, there have been around 100 arrests a year.

Supporting the fight against child cyber crime is an expensive venture, however.

The Wisconsin task force’s five full-time agents and six full-time computer analysts spend countless hours analyzing hard drives, cataloging tips, writing search warrant affidavits, criminal complaints as well as busting down doors and interviewing children as young as 3.

“We simply don’t have enough cops on the street to do the work that needs to be done,” said agent Jenniffer Price, who was working 43 cases, all stacked neatly on her Madison office desk.

“We’ve got so many offenders out there. I just see the balloon getting bigger and bigger and bigger.”

Van Hollen, the attorney general, has worked to draw attention to cyber crimes with news releases on each bust, and the state has sponsored 300 public workshops on cyber crime.

The attorney general has also pushed local law enforcement leaders to join the unit as affiliates, creating a statewide net of cyber sleuths and easing the burden on his agents. Seventy-four agencies have joined while hundreds haven’t.

So far, the criminal investigations have lured priests, teachers, police officers and even a mayor, as officers allegedly engaged in a conversation with Racine Mayor Gary Becker. Becker has since resigned and faces eight felony counts. He pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.

“When you’re a child, you shouldn’t have to be exposed to this stuff,” said Eric Szatkowski, a Wisconsin Justice Department special agent.

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Shannon Keith Hauser – Repeat Sex Offender

A man who had moved to Worthington earlier this year was charged Wednesday for both possessing and disseminating child pornography photographs.

The criminal complaint states Shannon Keith Hauser, aka Sean Keith Hauser, 37, is a registered sex offender who has been convicted of arson, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal sexual conduct, theft and predatory offender registration issues, according to state records. Originally from Raymond, he had been living in the St. Cloud area when he met a woman from Worthington on the Internet and moved down to live with her in June.

After several months of investigation, an agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), along with law enforcement personnel from the Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant Dec. 8 at Hauser’s current registered address in Worthington

In July, the BCA had received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding 163 images of possible child pornography to a flickr.com Web address. Investigation revealed the account that had uploaded the images was registered to a Yahoo account under the name Bryan Guptil of Willmar. An account on MySpace was found under the same name. An IP address led to Hauser’s former residence in Waite Park. A background investigation on Hauser unveiled his status as a registered sex offender and led authorities to Worthington.

On Monday, authorities confronted Hauser, who initially denied posting any child pornography on the Internet. He allegedly said he had purchased a computer in June from someone in St. Cloud and found photos on it, but could not get them off of his hard drive. He denied having a MySpace account or knowing the name Bryan Guptil. He insisted there would not be any photos recorded on his hard drive after June.

A BCA forensic examiner found otherwise. While the agent was speaking with Hauser, the examiner had been looking at Hauser’s computer and reportedly located child pornography from later in the year.

When presented with that fact, Hauser asked to speak to the agent privately. He allegedly told the agent and a Worthington Police detective he had been viewing child pornography on the computer and had uploaded the images on Flickr. He admitted he had created the Bryan Guptil accounts on the Internet and allegedly said he used to trade child pornography on a different site using the search term “pthc,” which he clarified was short for preteen hard core incest. He claimed his interest was in children between the ages of 10 and 18 of either gender.

While speaking to the agent and detective privately in his room, he opened a drawer, the complaint states, and pulled out a flash drive. Handing it to the agent, he claimed there probably 25 movies and hundreds of images on the drive. He stated he needed help and wanted to go to jail because he couldn’t stop on his own.

Pursuant to the search warrant, authorities seized 27 CDs or DVDs from Hauser, along with the computer, the flash drive and a cell phone.

On Wednesday, bail was set at $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, Hauser was still being held in the Nobles County Jail. He faces up to 25 years incarceration and/or $10,000 in fines if convicted of both charges. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Prairie Justice Center, Worthington.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Shannon Keith Hauser – Repeat Sex Offender

A man who had moved to Worthington earlier this year was charged Wednesday for both possessing and disseminating child pornography photographs.

The criminal complaint states Shannon Keith Hauser, aka Sean Keith Hauser, 37, is a registered sex offender who has been convicted of arson, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal sexual conduct, theft and predatory offender registration issues, according to state records. Originally from Raymond, he had been living in the St. Cloud area when he met a woman from Worthington on the Internet and moved down to live with her in June.

After several months of investigation, an agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), along with law enforcement personnel from the Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant Dec. 8 at Hauser’s current registered address in Worthington

In July, the BCA had received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding 163 images of possible child pornography to a flickr.com Web address. Investigation revealed the account that had uploaded the images was registered to a Yahoo account under the name Bryan Guptil of Willmar. An account on MySpace was found under the same name. An IP address led to Hauser’s former residence in Waite Park. A background investigation on Hauser unveiled his status as a registered sex offender and led authorities to Worthington.

On Monday, authorities confronted Hauser, who initially denied posting any child pornography on the Internet. He allegedly said he had purchased a computer in June from someone in St. Cloud and found photos on it, but could not get them off of his hard drive. He denied having a MySpace account or knowing the name Bryan Guptil. He insisted there would not be any photos recorded on his hard drive after June.

A BCA forensic examiner found otherwise. While the agent was speaking with Hauser, the examiner had been looking at Hauser’s computer and reportedly located child pornography from later in the year.

When presented with that fact, Hauser asked to speak to the agent privately. He allegedly told the agent and a Worthington Police detective he had been viewing child pornography on the computer and had uploaded the images on Flickr. He admitted he had created the Bryan Guptil accounts on the Internet and allegedly said he used to trade child pornography on a different site using the search term “pthc,” which he clarified was short for preteen hard core incest. He claimed his interest was in children between the ages of 10 and 18 of either gender.

While speaking to the agent and detective privately in his room, he opened a drawer, the complaint states, and pulled out a flash drive. Handing it to the agent, he claimed there probably 25 movies and hundreds of images on the drive. He stated he needed help and wanted to go to jail because he couldn’t stop on his own.

Pursuant to the search warrant, authorities seized 27 CDs or DVDs from Hauser, along with the computer, the flash drive and a cell phone.

On Wednesday, bail was set at $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, Hauser was still being held in the Nobles County Jail. He faces up to 25 years incarceration and/or $10,000 in fines if convicted of both charges. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Prairie Justice Center, Worthington.

Shannon Keith Hauser – Repeat Sex Offender

A man who had moved to Worthington earlier this year was charged Wednesday for both possessing and disseminating child pornography photographs.

The criminal complaint states Shannon Keith Hauser, aka Sean Keith Hauser, 37, is a registered sex offender who has been convicted of arson, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal sexual conduct, theft and predatory offender registration issues, according to state records. Originally from Raymond, he had been living in the St. Cloud area when he met a woman from Worthington on the Internet and moved down to live with her in June.

After several months of investigation, an agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), along with law enforcement personnel from the Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant Dec. 8 at Hauser’s current registered address in Worthington

In July, the BCA had received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding 163 images of possible child pornography to a flickr.com Web address. Investigation revealed the account that had uploaded the images was registered to a Yahoo account under the name Bryan Guptil of Willmar. An account on MySpace was found under the same name. An IP address led to Hauser’s former residence in Waite Park. A background investigation on Hauser unveiled his status as a registered sex offender and led authorities to Worthington.

On Monday, authorities confronted Hauser, who initially denied posting any child pornography on the Internet. He allegedly said he had purchased a computer in June from someone in St. Cloud and found photos on it, but could not get them off of his hard drive. He denied having a MySpace account or knowing the name Bryan Guptil. He insisted there would not be any photos recorded on his hard drive after June.

A BCA forensic examiner found otherwise. While the agent was speaking with Hauser, the examiner had been looking at Hauser’s computer and reportedly located child pornography from later in the year.

When presented with that fact, Hauser asked to speak to the agent privately. He allegedly told the agent and a Worthington Police detective he had been viewing child pornography on the computer and had uploaded the images on Flickr. He admitted he had created the Bryan Guptil accounts on the Internet and allegedly said he used to trade child pornography on a different site using the search term “pthc,” which he clarified was short for preteen hard core incest. He claimed his interest was in children between the ages of 10 and 18 of either gender.

While speaking to the agent and detective privately in his room, he opened a drawer, the complaint states, and pulled out a flash drive. Handing it to the agent, he claimed there probably 25 movies and hundreds of images on the drive. He stated he needed help and wanted to go to jail because he couldn’t stop on his own.

Pursuant to the search warrant, authorities seized 27 CDs or DVDs from Hauser, along with the computer, the flash drive and a cell phone.

On Wednesday, bail was set at $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, Hauser was still being held in the Nobles County Jail. He faces up to 25 years incarceration and/or $10,000 in fines if convicted of both charges. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Prairie Justice Center, Worthington.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Robert Feldscher – Repeat Sex Offender – Third Strike

Previous Convictions

  • LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS
  • POSSESS/ETC OBSCENE MATTER OF MINOR IN SEXUAL ACT


A compact disc left inside a laptop and tossed into some bushes led San Jose police detective Sean Pierce to a fugitive sex offender and a mobile home miles away stuffed with hundreds of suspected pornographic video clips and images of girls ranging from teenagers to toddlers.

Robert Feldscher, 48, a convicted child molester facing his third strike, was charged this week with two felony counts of possession of child pornography and violating his sex-registration requirements. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held without bail. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Feldscher’s roommate, Stephen Ledoux, 52, is expected to be arraigned today on similar child pornography charges. Ledoux was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

“Looking at child porn is just a gateway,” Pierce said. “Eventually, they will take the next step. It’s just like drug users.”

Child pornography cases are difficult to uncover, experts say. Purveyors often share illegal images with each other on peer-to-peer Web sites. Such transactions are harder for law enforcement to infiltrate and track.

“We are trying hard, but we are behind the curve,” said Mike Fletcher, who heads the sex crimes unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. “The technology is changing so quickly, a perv can sit around 24 hours a day and send it all over the world.”

This case began when the owner of a used-car business went to open a gate at the end of his driveway and saw a laptop discarded in some shrubbery, according to Pierce.

He had lent it, records said, to his new mechanic Feldscher, who told him he was proficient at using computers and would post cars for sale on various Web sites.

Feldscher, who had already been let go, admitted he had tossed the computer away because he saw a helicopter overhead and thought police were going to arrest him.

Not computer-savvy, but street-savvy enough to be highly suspicious, the man gave the computer to his son.

His son called him up soon afterward. This computer has some bad stuff in it, his son told him. Besides downloaded child pornography, a DVD of child pornography was still in the drive.

Pierce and the police department’s Megan’s Law team tracked Feldscher to Ledoux’s mobile home in San Jose.

Using a search warrant, they found hundreds of CDs and DVDs and thumb drives containing such titles as “Tara – 8 years old.”

Police also forwarded a sample of their evidence to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Virginia. The center runs images of seized child pornography through a database to see whether they match any known victims.

More than 1,500 children have been identified through the program, according to the center’s John Sheehan.

Pierce is asking anyone who suspects that their children had any contact with either of the men in the San Jose case to call him at (408) 277-4290.

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

Robert Feldscher – Repeat Sex Offender – Third Strike

Previous Convictions

  • LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS
  • POSSESS/ETC OBSCENE MATTER OF MINOR IN SEXUAL ACT


A compact disc left inside a laptop and tossed into some bushes led San Jose police detective Sean Pierce to a fugitive sex offender and a mobile home miles away stuffed with hundreds of suspected pornographic video clips and images of girls ranging from teenagers to toddlers.

Robert Feldscher, 48, a convicted child molester facing his third strike, was charged this week with two felony counts of possession of child pornography and violating his sex-registration requirements. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held without bail. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Feldscher’s roommate, Stephen Ledoux, 52, is expected to be arraigned today on similar child pornography charges. Ledoux was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

“Looking at child porn is just a gateway,” Pierce said. “Eventually, they will take the next step. It’s just like drug users.”

Child pornography cases are difficult to uncover, experts say. Purveyors often share illegal images with each other on peer-to-peer Web sites. Such transactions are harder for law enforcement to infiltrate and track.

“We are trying hard, but we are behind the curve,” said Mike Fletcher, who heads the sex crimes unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. “The technology is changing so quickly, a perv can sit around 24 hours a day and send it all over the world.”

This case began when the owner of a used-car business went to open a gate at the end of his driveway and saw a laptop discarded in some shrubbery, according to Pierce.

He had lent it, records said, to his new mechanic Feldscher, who told him he was proficient at using computers and would post cars for sale on various Web sites.

Feldscher, who had already been let go, admitted he had tossed the computer away because he saw a helicopter overhead and thought police were going to arrest him.

Not computer-savvy, but street-savvy enough to be highly suspicious, the man gave the computer to his son.

His son called him up soon afterward. This computer has some bad stuff in it, his son told him. Besides downloaded child pornography, a DVD of child pornography was still in the drive.

Pierce and the police department’s Megan’s Law team tracked Feldscher to Ledoux’s mobile home in San Jose.

Using a search warrant, they found hundreds of CDs and DVDs and thumb drives containing such titles as “Tara – 8 years old.”

Police also forwarded a sample of their evidence to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Virginia. The center runs images of seized child pornography through a database to see whether they match any known victims.

More than 1,500 children have been identified through the program, according to the center’s John Sheehan.

Pierce is asking anyone who suspects that their children had any contact with either of the men in the San Jose case to call him at (408) 277-4290.

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

Robert Feldscher – Repeat Sex Offender – Third Strike

Previous Convictions

  • LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS
  • POSSESS/ETC OBSCENE MATTER OF MINOR IN SEXUAL ACT


A compact disc left inside a laptop and tossed into some bushes led San Jose police detective Sean Pierce to a fugitive sex offender and a mobile home miles away stuffed with hundreds of suspected pornographic video clips and images of girls ranging from teenagers to toddlers.

Robert Feldscher, 48, a convicted child molester facing his third strike, was charged this week with two felony counts of possession of child pornography and violating his sex-registration requirements. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held without bail. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Feldscher’s roommate, Stephen Ledoux, 52, is expected to be arraigned today on similar child pornography charges. Ledoux was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

“Looking at child porn is just a gateway,” Pierce said. “Eventually, they will take the next step. It’s just like drug users.”

Child pornography cases are difficult to uncover, experts say. Purveyors often share illegal images with each other on peer-to-peer Web sites. Such transactions are harder for law enforcement to infiltrate and track.

“We are trying hard, but we are behind the curve,” said Mike Fletcher, who heads the sex crimes unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. “The technology is changing so quickly, a perv can sit around 24 hours a day and send it all over the world.”

This case began when the owner of a used-car business went to open a gate at the end of his driveway and saw a laptop discarded in some shrubbery, according to Pierce.

He had lent it, records said, to his new mechanic Feldscher, who told him he was proficient at using computers and would post cars for sale on various Web sites.

Feldscher, who had already been let go, admitted he had tossed the computer away because he saw a helicopter overhead and thought police were going to arrest him.

Not computer-savvy, but street-savvy enough to be highly suspicious, the man gave the computer to his son.

His son called him up soon afterward. This computer has some bad stuff in it, his son told him. Besides downloaded child pornography, a DVD of child pornography was still in the drive.

Pierce and the police department’s Megan’s Law team tracked Feldscher to Ledoux’s mobile home in San Jose.

Using a search warrant, they found hundreds of CDs and DVDs and thumb drives containing such titles as “Tara – 8 years old.”

Police also forwarded a sample of their evidence to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Virginia. The center runs images of seized child pornography through a database to see whether they match any known victims.

More than 1,500 children have been identified through the program, according to the center’s John Sheehan.

Pierce is asking anyone who suspects that their children had any contact with either of the men in the San Jose case to call him at (408) 277-4290.

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