Aaron Jay Lemon – Babysitter used Craigslist to find victim


A 23-year-old Little Canada man convicted of producing child pornography was sentenced Monday in federal court. Aaron Jay Lemon received a sentence of 20 years in prison and supervised release for life, for the production of pornography involving a child he was babysitting in 2007.

According to Lemon’s plea agreement, in August of 2007, he did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such contact.

Court documents say that Lemon answered a babysitter ad on Craigslist. He then used a video camera to produce child pornography while acting as a babysitter to the child he was caring for.

The case is part of an effort by the St. Paul Police Department and Project Safe Childhood .

LEAVE KIDS ALONE

Gerald Morgan – Repeat Sex Offender – Whining Pedophile

The judge also said Morgan’s risk to offend again is high, as this was his second such conviction. In 1996, he was convicted of felony eavesdropping for using a camera hidden in a duffel bag to take pictures up the skirts of two girls, ages 8 and 12.

A man who amassed more than 18,000 images of child pornography — much of it he created himself over a 20-year span — will spend more than 12 years in prison despite his plea for leniency, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Gerald Morgan, 62, pleaded guilty in October to possession of child pornography and being a felon in possession of firearms.

“I know I’m not psychologically normal,” he told U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland in Detroit before the sentence was handed down. “If I was, I wouldn’t be collecting child pornography.

“If I live long enough to get out of prison, I will never do anything illegal again. I’m very sorry if my actions hurt anyone.”

Cleland said Morgan qualifying his apology with “if” was a “red flag flying.”

“I dare say that there were people that were harmed,” Cleland said.

The judge also said Morgan’s risk to offend again is high, as this was his second such conviction. In 1996, he was convicted of felony eavesdropping for using a camera hidden in a duffel bag to take pictures up the skirts of two girls, ages 8 and 12.

In his guilty plea, Morgan admitted that for years, he lured young girls to his Clinton home by saying he was a photographer wanting to take pictures of them. He then secretly filmed the girls changing clothes and using the bathroom.

“Many of them probably still don’t know,” said Eaton Brown, an assistant U.S. attorney.

One of Morgan’s videos included footage of an acquaintance sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, officials said. His lawyer, federal defender Richard O’Neill, told the judge that Morgan is particularly remorseful of that incident.

“He has said to me on more than one occasion, ‘I should’ve done something. I don’t know why I didn’t,’ ” O’Neill told the judge.

According to court documents, agents seized 100 videotapes and CDs, six hard drives, numerous photographs, negatives and other materials containing child pornography. Documents allege that more than 18,000 images were found, including video footage from parks, a video of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl and sadomasochistic images of children under the age of 12.

Federal prosecutors pushed for a high sentence for Morgan, noting in documents that he used a projector to project images of children onto the wall of his home and videotaped it. “As he records the still images, defendant is heard addressing the young girls in the pictures, calling them by name, and making sexual comments to them,” court documents said.

The sentence includes five years of supervision upon Morgan’s release from prison.

The case emerged as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006 to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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.

Jim Freeman – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty


A federal court jury in Florida convicted seven people of participating in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, according to the Department of Justice.

Jurors convicted the seven Wednesday of multiple counts of child exploitation, pornography and obstruction of justice.

Members of the organization used Internet news groups to swap and share “illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts,” prosecutors said.

An indictment filed in the case detailed interactions between group members as they swapped and commented on images.

“My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” Freeman wrote in response to one posting, according to the indictment. And a posting from Castleman, cited in the indictment, read, “Thanks to all for the wonderful material that has been posted.”

An Australian constable who infiltrated the group in August 2006 was among 50 witnesses testifying at trial. He told the jury that the group traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before being dismantled by law enforcement, according to the Justice Department statement.

Each defendant faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, fines and the possibility of supervised release for the rest of their lives, authorities said. The seven will be sentenced April 14.

During the six-day trial, evidence showed the seven participated in what prosecutors called a “well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two-year period.”

“This was a wide-scale, high-volume, international trafficking enterprise that used sophisticated computer encryption technology and file-sharing techniques,” Matthew Friedrich, acting assistant attorney general, said in the statement.

The seven defendants were James Freeman of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; Gary Lakey of Anderson, Indiana; Marvin Lambert of Indianapolis, Indiana; Neville McGarity of Medina, Texas; Warren Mumpower of Spokane, Washington; Daniel Castleman of Lubbock, Texas; and Ronald White of Burlington, North Carolina, according to the Department of Justice.

The charges included engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography, transporting child pornography, receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said.

Seven additional American defendants previously entered guilty pleas, prosecutors said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jim Freeman – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty


A federal court jury in Florida convicted seven people of participating in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, according to the Department of Justice.

Jurors convicted the seven Wednesday of multiple counts of child exploitation, pornography and obstruction of justice.

Members of the organization used Internet news groups to swap and share “illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts,” prosecutors said.

An indictment filed in the case detailed interactions between group members as they swapped and commented on images.

“My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” Freeman wrote in response to one posting, according to the indictment. And a posting from Castleman, cited in the indictment, read, “Thanks to all for the wonderful material that has been posted.”

An Australian constable who infiltrated the group in August 2006 was among 50 witnesses testifying at trial. He told the jury that the group traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before being dismantled by law enforcement, according to the Justice Department statement.

Each defendant faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, fines and the possibility of supervised release for the rest of their lives, authorities said. The seven will be sentenced April 14.

During the six-day trial, evidence showed the seven participated in what prosecutors called a “well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two-year period.”

“This was a wide-scale, high-volume, international trafficking enterprise that used sophisticated computer encryption technology and file-sharing techniques,” Matthew Friedrich, acting assistant attorney general, said in the statement.

The seven defendants were James Freeman of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; Gary Lakey of Anderson, Indiana; Marvin Lambert of Indianapolis, Indiana; Neville McGarity of Medina, Texas; Warren Mumpower of Spokane, Washington; Daniel Castleman of Lubbock, Texas; and Ronald White of Burlington, North Carolina, according to the Department of Justice.

The charges included engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography, transporting child pornography, receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said.

Seven additional American defendants previously entered guilty pleas, prosecutors said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Raymond Roy – Member of Jim Freemans Pedophile Ring takes the plea

Raymond Roy of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., today became the sixth defendant to plead guilty for his involvement in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Thomas F. Kirwin and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced.

Roy was one of 14 alleged members of the enterprise who were charged in a 40-count superseding indictment on March 19, 2008. He pleaded guilty today to five counts relating to his criminal activities as a member of a group engaged in a child exploitation enterprise. The charges alleged in these counts include conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography; transporting child pornography; and receiving child pornography.

Roy admitted today to participating over a two-year period in a technically sophisticated and well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to traffic sexually abusive images of children, or child pornography, to its membership. According to Roy’s guilty plea, members of the illegal organization used Internet newsgroups, which are large file-sharing networks where text, software, pictures and videos can be traded and shared, to traffic in illegal images and videos depicting pre-pubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts. Group members used sophisticated encryption methods to avoid detection and traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before their networks were dismantled by law enforcement. The current charges were developed after law enforcement infiltrated the group in August 2006.

Roy faces a minimum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison in addition to statutory fines. His sentencing is scheduled for March 10, 2009.

Trial for the remaining defendants is scheduled to begin on January 5, 2009, in Pensacola, Fla., before Senior U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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 U.S. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Goldberg of the Northern District of Florida and Trial Attorney LisaMarie Freitas of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Queensland, Australia, Police Service, with the assistance of the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Child Pornography Unit in Germany, and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the United Kingdom.

David W. Evans – gets 17 years for being an INTERNET PREDATOR

A Buffalo man who used a fake MySpace page to attract the attention of teenage girls was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

The judge handed down his sentence after hearing emotional statements by two of the teenage victims of David W. Evans, 48.

Evans called himself “sex master Adam” and posted a picture of a handsome 20-year-old man on his MySpace social networking page, according to Cheektowaga Police and FBI agents who arrested him last year.

Within months, at Evans’ request, dozens of women and teenage girls sent him lewd pictures of themselves over the Internet, or by using their cellular telephones, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said.

Evans, a local cafeteria worker, pleaded guilty in September to four felony counts of creating child porn. Mango said he created the child porn by “coercing” teenage girls into sending him lewd pictures of themselves.

John F. Humann, a federal public defender who represented Evans, said his client has an I.Q. measured at 60, which qualifies him as mentally retarded. Humann acknowledged that his client committed serious federal crimes but said Evans denied threatening any of the girls who sent him pictures.

According to Dr. Charles E. Ewing, a psychologist and University at Buffalo Law School professor, mental retardation can be a “mitigating factor” in determining prison sentences.

“[In 2002] the Supreme Court ruled that someone who is mentally retarded can no longer be given the death penalty,” Ewing said. “But mentally retarded people are convicted of crimes and sent to prison, all the time.”

Despite his mental deficiencies, Evans was savvy enough to create a fake Web identity and use it to obtain hundreds of nude pictures of girls, Arcara noted today.

The judge said he also found it upsetting that Evans threatened some of the minor victims, telling one victim he would kill her if she stopped sending nude pictures, and another that he would send her pictures to her parents and post them on the Internet if she stopped.

Evans apologized for his actions.

Wade Rowland Sanders – Guilty Child Porn – But he didn’t really mean it

Wade Rowland Sanders, a California lawyer who was an adviser to California’s lieutenant governor and served in the Clinton administration, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possessing child pornography, reported the San Diego Union Tribune.

Sanders admitted in federal court in San Diego of having 600 images of minors, including a 21-minute video that depicted girls engaging in sex acts with an adult man, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt.

He was arrested by the authorities on November 7.

“I have no sexual attraction to children whatsoever,” Sanders said. “There was no evil intent.”

The illegal download was discovered as part of a nationwide initiative called Project Safe Childhood, a multi-agency program that began in 2006, the U.S. Attorney’s statement said.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 30. Sanders could get up to 10 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. Minimum sentence for the charge is five years with supervised release for his lifetime and registration as a sex offender, the prosecutor said.

Wade Rowland Sanders – Guilty Child Porn – But he didn’t really mean it

Wade Rowland Sanders, a California lawyer who was an adviser to California’s lieutenant governor and served in the Clinton administration, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possessing child pornography, reported the San Diego Union Tribune.

Sanders admitted in federal court in San Diego of having 600 images of minors, including a 21-minute video that depicted girls engaging in sex acts with an adult man, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt.

He was arrested by the authorities on November 7.

“I have no sexual attraction to children whatsoever,” Sanders said. “There was no evil intent.”

The illegal download was discovered as part of a nationwide initiative called Project Safe Childhood, a multi-agency program that began in 2006, the U.S. Attorney’s statement said.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 30. Sanders could get up to 10 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. Minimum sentence for the charge is five years with supervised release for his lifetime and registration as a sex offender, the prosecutor said.

Johnathan Mosman – Child Porn Ring member pleads guilty

A Queensland police probe has led to the fifth member of an alleged child pornography ring pleading guilty in the US.

Johnathan Mosman, 47, of Connecticut, faces a minimum of 20 years and maximum of life in a US federal prison after admitting to four charges, including engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography.

Mosman was one of 22 men in four countries, including two in Australia, arrested following an international operation that began on January 26, 2006, after a Queensland detective posing as a pedophile infiltrated the group via the internet.

The detective flew to the US and worked with the FBI’s International Innocent Images Task Force. The FBI also sent agents to Australia.

The arrests dismantled what US authorities described as one of the largest and most sophisticated child exploitation rings, with more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse posted, traded, and trafficked.

The group used powerful encryption tools to keep the operation secret and a multi-layered system to vet new members, US authorities allege.

Mosman was the fifth of the 14 men arrested in the US to plead guilty to child pornography charges.

A trial for the remaining nine US defendants is scheduled to begin on January 5 in Pensacola, Florida.