Gordon Lee Parkin – Pedophile – Get 7 years and lifetime supervision

“Each time an image of a child victim is traded – especially to an individual who has not seen such image in the past – the child victim is victimized all over again”

SEATTLE – A Granite Falls man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for distributing thousands of child porn images online.

Gordon Lee Parkin, 49, received the sentence Friday in U.S. District Court from U.S. District Judge James L. Robart. He also ordered lifetime supervised release for Parkin after he serves his term.

The judge also said he will consider ordering Parkin to pay restitution to one of the known victims in the case.

Parkin pleaded guilty to distributing child porn in January, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

He was identified by investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as using a chat program to send more than 8,000 images of child pornography.

When a search warrant was executed at Parkin’s home, agents discovered thousands of images of child pornography on his computer.

Agents also found more than 200 pictures of children in the neighborhood, including close-up shots attempting to photograph the underwear of young girls.

The chat logs on Parkin’s computer revealed that he had exchanged 8,645 still images and 11 movies of child pornography. In some instances he sent more than 750 images at a time to others via the chat program.

Many of the images were of victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and one of those victims has requested restitution from any defendant who distributed photos of her.

In asking for prison time and lifetime supervised release, Assistant United States Attorney Aravind Swaminathan described how trading child pornography repeatedly victimizes innocent children.

“Each time an image of a child victim is traded – especially to an individual who has not seen such image in the past – the child victim is victimized all over again,” Swaminathan said.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, launched in February 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The initiative is designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

August Billek – Part-time Santa & Clown busted for child pornography

A 50-year-old Springfield man who works part time as a Santa Claus and as a clown has been charged in U.S. District Court with receiving and possessing child pornography.

August Billek of the 800 block of East Miller Street was ordered detained pending trial following his arrest on Monday.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint against Billek, a law enforcement officer on Jan. 22 identified a computer offering to participate in distributing what appeared to be child pornography via a peer-to-peer network.

The officer browsed the computer, which later was identified as Billek’s, and allegedly identified five movie files depicting children engaged in sexual activity, including with adult men and women.

A federal search warrant was executed at his residence Monday.

Billek’s girlfriend also resides at the East Miller Street address and operates a home day-care business there for children from 18 months of age through elementary school age, law enforcement officials said.

Billek works part time as “Downtown the Clown” and as Santa Claus during the Christmas season, according to the affidavit. Police officers recovered business cards for “Downtown the Clown” and two Santa suits from Billek’s home.

An initial forensic examination of Billek’s laptop computer included 11 video files of child pornography, the affidavit said. The forensic analysis of his desktop computer is pending.

The offense of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 years. Possession carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The charges are the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Illinois attorney general’s office, Springfield Police Department and others.

Assistant U.S. attorney Elly Peirson is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Phillip M. Brumfield – Repeat Sex Offender

A Pleasant Hope man indicted last week on a federal charge of possessing child pornography is the same man who drew the ire of local parents last year for allegedly masturbating in front of children.

In May 2008, a group of parents flooded a Pleasant Hope Board of Aldermen meeting, demanding action against Phillip M. Brumfield, 58.

Among the allegations was that Brumfield showed his penis to a neighbor girl monthly for several years.

The girl, Amber Bell, allegedly told authorities that in March or April 2008, she was in her driveway when Brumfield again came out of his house, masturbating.

“She said that Brumfield told her to come over and that he had a big king-sized bed that they could have sex on and told her to bring her friends and he would show them how to ‘do it right,’ and that he would even videotape it for her,” said a probable cause statement used to charge Brumfield with felony enticement of a child last year.

That case is scheduled to go to trial in 2010.

In the meantime, Brumfield faces a federal charge.

In an indictment returned last week, a grand jury found probable cause that he was in possession of child pornography on May 28, 2008, a day after he was charged with child enticement.

The federal indictment alleges that Brumfield was in possession of child pornography on May 28, 2008. The indictment also contains a forfeiture provision, which would require Brumfield to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offense, including four computes, eight computer floppy disks, 45 CDs and a VHS camcorder.

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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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

Timothy Beers – Baby Raping Child Pornographer busted by Beer

Starting in 2006, Beers, 47, and another person sexually abused two girls, 3 and 5-years-old, and took photos and videos of the acts, according to his plea agreement. Federal prosecutors said the two then distributed the images on the Internet.

A Bowie man has been sentenced to 36 years for producing child pornography and abusing two Maryland girls after authorities recognized a beer can and unusual eye glasses in a photo.

Federal prosecutors say Timothy Beers also paid $75,000 to the victims after pleading guilty to charges of sexually exploiting a minor and producing and possessing child pornography.

He was sentenced Thursday.

“The discovery of a photograph in Canada led to an arrest here in Maryland and the rescue of two victimized children,” U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein said Thursday in a statement.

The Canadian officer recognized a beer can in May 2007 in a child pornography photo as a brand only sold in eight northeastern U.S. states.

Then, a Maine police officer assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force saw a victim in the photo wore unusual eyeglasses. So authorities sought out ophthalmologists selling those glasses, including a Maryland doctor.

Then FBI agents in Maryland and other law enforcement officials arrested Beers.

Starting in 2006, Beers, 47, and another person sexually abused two girls, 3 and 5-years-old, and took photos and videos of the acts, according to his plea agreement. Federal prosecutors said the two then distributed the images on the Internet.

From 2004 until his Aug. 29, 2008 arrest, authorities said Beers had a large collection of child pornography images involving other children.

“This is a great example of why Project Safe Childhood is so important and underscores the importance of agencies sharing information,” said Sgt. Glenn Lang, who supervises the commands the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

Michael Thomas Potter, Jr. – Repeat Sex Offender – Myspace Internet Predator gets 27 years


Potter has prior federal child pornography conviction from 1999

LOUISVILLE, KY—United States District Judge John G. Heyburn, II, sentenced Michael Thomas Potter, Jr., age 40, of Mt. Washington, Kentucky, in Bullitt County, to 27 years’ imprisonment for four charges of violating federal child exploitation laws, Acting United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Potter had previously pled guilty to receiving and possessing numerous images of child pornography as well as attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct punishable under law and attempted production of child pornography. Judge Heyburn also imposed a term of lifetime supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court records, in May 2007, a minor female (“minor”), living in Mount Washington, Kentucky, met and began communicating with a person on MySpace. The minor communicated with a person identified as “Tasha Thomas,” who reported that she was a 14-year-old female. During the on-line communications, which occurred on several occasions, “Tasha” described engaging in sexual acts with her father and three other girls. Additionally, “Tasha” sent the minor a photograph of an underage girl, claiming that it was “Tasha.” The photograph showed a teenaged girl sitting on a stool next to a table in a sexually suggestive pose. The message accompanying the photograph was “send yours.”

“Tasha” invited the minor to meet her, engage in sexual conduct, and have her (Tasha’s) father photograph the activity. “Tasha” asked the minor if she “would do it with an older guy,” and told the minor that her (Tasha’s) father would be willing to engage in sexual activity with the minor. During the communications, “Tasha” gave the minor her address in Mt. Washington on Treva Court.

The minor’s father became aware of the on-line communications and contacted the Mount Washington Police. With the permission of the minor’s father, a police officer assumed the minor’s identity and engaged in on-line communications with “Tasha” on May 18, 2007. Law enforcement officials investigated the Treva Court address previously provided by “Tasha” during the on-line communications. The Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry revealed that a registered sex offender, Potter, lived at the address. A comparison of the sex offender’s photograph with photographs contained on “Tasha’s” MySpace page confirmed that it was the same person. Law enforcement officials identified the man as Michael Thomas Potter, Jr.

During the course of the on-line communications, the undercover officer—posing as the minor—agreed to meet “Tasha” at a nearby convenience store / gas station. Law enforcement officials set up surveillance at the location on May 18, 2007. Potter arrived at the location at the prearranged time. Law enforcement officials arrested him and searched his car incident to the arrest. When they searched the car, law enforcement officials found a digital camera (specifically, a Kodak Easy Share DX 7590 bearing serial number KCTD644306330).

A Mount Washington Police Detective prepared and presented an Affidavit for Search Warrant for Potter’s residence. A Bullitt County District Court Judge authorized issuance of the requested Search Warrant. Law enforcement officials executed the Search Warrant on May 18, 2007. Pursuant to the Search Warrant, officers seized a Dell Computer, eight photographs (8½ x 11 in size) photographs of two unknown females, a Kodak Easy Share CX 6445, 20 Maxell CDRW’s, 8 Sony HD micro floppy disks, 512 MB Dan Desk, ten computer diskettes, and a Kodak Easy Share diskette.

Law enforcement officials reviewed several of the computer diskettes. The diskettes contained images (both still and in video format) of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, that is, child pornography. One disk contained approximately 223 still images, many of which depicted minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Additionally, two diskettes contained multiple video files containing child pornography.

A federal law enforcement official requested a Seizure Order and Search Warrant from the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to obtain the materials previously seized from Potter by the Mt. Washington Police Department. The Court authorized the requests. A federal law enforcement official conducted a forensic examination of the computer seized from Potter’s residence. A review of the materials on the computer revealed the presence of numerous images of child pornography. Examination of the meta data from several images revealed that the images were acquired from the Internet in May 2007. The forensic examination revealed 257 still images and 37 movie files containing child pornography. The images depicted, among other things, vaginal and anal rape of very young children.

A review of the records for the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky revealed that a Judgment was entered on March 29, 1999, regarding Michael T. Potter. The Judgment indicated that on December 14, 1998, Potter pled guilty to six counts of interstate transportation by computer of visual depictions involving the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2). The district court imposed a sentence of 27 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release in the 1998 case.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The United States Attorney’s Office worked closely with the Bullitt County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation and prosecution of the case. The Mt. Washington Police Department initiated the investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided significant computer forensic assistance in the development of the case and prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

Acting United States Attorney Hill praised the cooperative efforts of law enforcement demonstrated in response to this very serious case. Hill noted, “The cooperative spirit evidenced by investigators and prosecutors in the Potter case highlights the goals and purpose of Project Safe Childhood. Together, we brought the full weight of the criminal justice system to bear against a dangerous child sex offender. The Potter case exemplifies the positive impact of Project Safe Childhood in our efforts to protect the children in our communities.”

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

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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Eric Lee Spiwak – Repeat Sex Offender – Gets off easy with only 15 years

Because of his prior convictions for indecent liberties, Mr. Spiwak faced up to 20 years imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

A Carteret County man who pleaded guilty in October in federal court to a possession of child pornography charge has now been sentenced to prison time for the crime.

Eric Lee Spiwak, 61, of Newport was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 188 months imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A federal grand jury indicted Spiwak on July 23, 2008, and he pleaded guilty in the case on Oct. 6, 2008.

The case is part of Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of available resources.

“We are proud of the Project Safe Childhood initiative as it gives us the ability to prosecute cases such as this to its fullest extent. Sadly, these cases are growing in number; however, we do know that we are stopping further crimes of this nature to occur,” U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding stated via a news release.

The conviction against Spiwak came after several zipdrive computer discs containing child pornography were seized from his home. Forensic analysis of the discs revealed 460 images of either child pornography or child erotica.

The search warrant executed at Spiwak’s home followed his arrest on a related incident via the Internet in which he had several sexually explicit conversations with a Guilford County Sheriff’s detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.

On Sept. 8, 2006, Spiwak traveled from Newport to Greensboro with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with the minor and was arrested when he arrived at the location agreed to in the conversations.

Investigation of the Spiwak case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

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

Bradley J. Hebert – 15 years for producing child pornography

A 38-year-old Kalamazoo man was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 years in prison, plus lifetime supervision upon his release, for producing child pornography.

Bradley J. Hebert, whose last reported address was an apartment at 616 Lynn Ave., was arrested in 2008 on federal charges of transporting, distributing or selling child sexually exploitive material. He pleaded guilty to the charge in December.

According to U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement initially “identified Hebert as a subscriber to child pornography websites” and subsequently executed a warrant at his home. There, Davis said, agents recovered “a collection of more than 700 images of child pornography,” including some Hebert had created by hiding a video camera in his bathroom and “videotaping a minor female friend while she was showering and changing clothes.”

“Subsequent investigation disclosed that Hebert had a history of sexually assaulting minor girls, including sexual assaults of two girls when they were 14- and 15 years old,” Davis said in the sentencing announcement.

Davis was placed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry in January, after following his guilty plea in the current case.

At Thursday’s sentencing, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell said he hoped Hebert’s 188-month prison sentence, plus lifetime supervision after he is released, will be a deterrent to other potential offenders.

The case was investigated by ICE and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with assistance from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. It was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative that involves federal, state and local investigators and prosecutors, plus an Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

In addition to investigation, officials say Project Safe Childhood is designed to educate the public about the dangers of online child exploitation and teach children how to protect themselves from being targeted by adult sexual predators. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, go online to http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Daniel Carl Sherwin – Repeat Sex Offender – 60 year sentence

An Elizabeth City man was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty in November to two counts of manufacturing child pornography.

Daniel Carl Sherwin, 30, was sentenced to the term by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

Sherwin, a registered sex offender with a previous history of sex crimes against minors, came to federal law enforcement officials’ attention, Holding said, after FBI agents based in Philadelphia learned that child pornography was being posted on Flickr, the online photo-sharing site.

An investigation revealed that Sherwin was participating in an online group that posted sexually explicit photos of children, the release states. FBI agents later found at least 22 images of child pornography, including images that depicted young children engaged in sexual acts, on Sherwin’s computer.

Investigators also found evidence that Sherwin himself had taken sexually explicit photos of two infant children.

Sherwin was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2008 and he pleaded guilty to two charges of manufacturing pornography three months later, the release states.

Prior to moving to Elizabeth City, Sherwin had been convicted in Utah in 2003 of eight counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Sherwin was prosecuted under the federal Project Safe Childhood program, the release states. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Exum prosecuted the case for the government.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Dominic Pace – Pleads guilty on child pornography charges

A Greenville man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in U.S. District Court on Tuesday after a Florida detective working undercover received videos over the Internet of a female child being sexually assaulted.

Dominic Pace, 28, pleaded guilty to producing, selling and possessing child pornography. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 11, about a year after he was federally indicted, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Colantuono.

An investigation began when the undercover officer working as an Internet Crimes Against Children detective received the videos from someone in Massachusetts. Further investigation revealed that the person purchased the images from Pace and that Pace had produced the images, Colantuono said.

The U.S. Secret Service searched Pace’s computer and found those images plus hundreds of other examples of child pornography, Colantuono said.

Pace was arrested in March 2008, and on May 14, 2008, a federal Grand Jury indicted him on three counts, Colantuono said.

The person who purchased the original videos from Pace is in federal custody in Florida, he said. If the judge accepts the terms of the plea agreement, Pace will serve a 40-year sentence in federal prison and could be on parole for the rest of his life, Colantuono said.

The case was conducted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the sexual exploitation of children. It was launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Colantuono said.