Edward Preston Stout – Meeting On Xbox Live Led To Sex Crime


A Missouri man will be arraigned here later today on federal charges alleging he traveled from his home state to California to have sex with an underage girl he met while playing video games on Xbox LIVE.

Edward Preston Stout, 27, of Richmond Heights, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fresno, California, earlier this week on charges of using interstate commerce to entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity as well as traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illicit sexual activity.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Fresno Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and the Sanger Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Court documents reveal Stout developed a relationship with a 14-year-old girl from Sanger, Calif., in April 2008. He communicated with her while playing video games on Xbox LIVE and through MySpace accounts. The two also communicated by telephone and exchanged numerous text messages. Eventually the communications became sexual in nature, and Sanger sent the girl a cell phone as a 15th birthday present so their communications could be more frequent and private. Those communications included sending sexually explicit images of themselves to each other. On January 25, Stout drove from Missouri to California virtually nonstop and met the girl outside her Sanger home. He took the minor to a local motel and engaged in criminal sexual activity.

Stout’s arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon. He has been detained as a flight risk and danger to the community since his initial appearance in federal court February 3. If convicted of the charges, Stout faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life.

This case was brought as part of ICE’s Operation Predator and the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, national initiatives targeting those who sexually exploit children. 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 locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

ICE’s Operation Predator, which was launched in July 2003, has resulted in more than 11,500 arrests nationwide. The public is encouraged to report suspected child predators and suspicious activity by contacting ICE’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE; and NCMEC, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

Mark Briggs – The Minister with Child porn and a rationalizing wife

Federal law enforcement officers arrested a part-time minister in Beaumont on charges of downloading several images of child pornography.

The arrest was part of ‘Operation Predator’, an effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to crack down on internet child pornography.

This week, a federal grand jury in Beaumont indicted Mark Briggs on two counts of child pornography.

Friday morning, Federal Magistrate Keith Giblin held a hearing on the case.

Agents with immigration and customs enforcement arrested the 44 year old Briggs early Friday and escorted him into the federal building in downtown Beaumont.

Briggs is charged with possession of child pornography and downloading child pornography off of a “pay per view” internet website on October 16.

Investigators seized his home computer and when they looked at what was on the hard drive, they said they found five images of child porn.

During the hearing, Briggs’ wife told us he was born and raised in the Beaumont area and is a part time minister at New Temple Christ Holy Church on Pine Street in Beaumont’s north end.

Briggs’ wife showed tears inside the courtroom. During the hearing, her husband pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Joyce Briggs said she’ll stand by him.

“He’s a good father, a good husband and an excellent provider,” Briggs told KFDM News. “He just got caught up in this mess.”

They have a five year old son together.. And each has children from a previous marriage.

The magistrate set Briggs’ bond at $50,000. His final pre-trial hearing will be February 23 in Beaumont federal court.

If convicted of downloading child porn, Briggs could face at least ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

If convicted of possessing child porn, his maximum sentence would be ten years and the same fine.

Briggs bonded out of jail Friday.

Mark Briggs – The Minister with Child porn and a rationalizing wife

Federal law enforcement officers arrested a part-time minister in Beaumont on charges of downloading several images of child pornography.

The arrest was part of ‘Operation Predator’, an effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to crack down on internet child pornography.

This week, a federal grand jury in Beaumont indicted Mark Briggs on two counts of child pornography.

Friday morning, Federal Magistrate Keith Giblin held a hearing on the case.

Agents with immigration and customs enforcement arrested the 44 year old Briggs early Friday and escorted him into the federal building in downtown Beaumont.

Briggs is charged with possession of child pornography and downloading child pornography off of a “pay per view” internet website on October 16.

Investigators seized his home computer and when they looked at what was on the hard drive, they said they found five images of child porn.

During the hearing, Briggs’ wife told us he was born and raised in the Beaumont area and is a part time minister at New Temple Christ Holy Church on Pine Street in Beaumont’s north end.

Briggs’ wife showed tears inside the courtroom. During the hearing, her husband pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Joyce Briggs said she’ll stand by him.

“He’s a good father, a good husband and an excellent provider,” Briggs told KFDM News. “He just got caught up in this mess.”

They have a five year old son together.. And each has children from a previous marriage.

The magistrate set Briggs’ bond at $50,000. His final pre-trial hearing will be February 23 in Beaumont federal court.

If convicted of downloading child porn, Briggs could face at least ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

If convicted of possessing child porn, his maximum sentence would be ten years and the same fine.

Briggs bonded out of jail Friday.

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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