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Showing posts with label child pornography. Show all posts
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Judge again delays sentencing for former CHP sergeant found guilty of child porn charges

By Richard Bammer

For the third time in as many scheduled hearings, a Solano County Superior Court judge, saying he wanted a second, “supplemental” psychologist’s report, delayed sentencing for a former California Highway Patrol officer found guilty in late October of downloading and possessing kiddie porn in 2014 while on and off duty.

Daniel Healy ordered Eric Curtis Lund, 54, who was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Department 2, instead will return at 8:30 a.m. May 1, to the same department, in the Justice Building in Vallejo.

The judge said he wanted Kathleen O’Meara, a forensic psychologist who interviewed Lund before the hearing, to submit a follow-up report before the May court appearance, adding, “There’s value in making amends to the family,” an apparent reference to Lund’s wife and three children.

Deputy District Attorney Ilana Shapiro, who prosecuted the original case and the retrial, was clearly frustrated after the hearing, saying the postponement was “a waste of time and resources” and questioned if Lund will ever admit that he possessed and downloaded child pornography while on duty during the summer and early fall months of 2014.

During the morning’s proceedings, Lund’s attorney, Colin Cooper of Berkeley — with Lund, bearded and haggard-looking in a striped jail jumpsuit, at his side — asked the judge to “recognize a human being in all of his or her imperfections.”

Cooper said he believed that “people can redeem themselves,” noting that Lund’s life has been wrecked by the guilty verdict, requiring him to register as a sex offender for life and the losing of his licenses to practice law and real estate.

The attorney also noted that his client faithfully came to court on time when required during the past four years and, while in prison, if not granted probation, will be in solitary confinement because he’s a former CHP officer and also in protective custody because he’s considered a child molester.

Toward the end of his remarks, Cooper told Healy that his client “will make it no matter what you do.”

Lund then read a prepared statement, and a woman who appeared to be his wife began to weep softly while seated in the public gallery.

Afterward, Healy, who conveyed the impression several times that he was about to impose a sentence, said he “was not a fan of a prison sentence,” calling it a “blunt instrument.”

“I do believe in redemption,” he said, but then added, looking at Lund, that the former CHP officer was “in denial” about the crime for which he was convicted.

Whatever Healy’s eventual sentence may be — Lund faces as much as five years in state prison — it will be the result of “the decision you made,” not the jury’s verdict, the judge said.

“In the final analysis, you were looking at child pornography,” said Healy, who repeated that he believed Lund was “in denial — that’s not going to work.”

“I do not understand what it takes to watch these images,” the judge said, referring to the sexually explicit video clips shown during the trial, calling them “soul-crushing.”

In something of a condemnation of nearly two dozen people who wrote letters in support of Lund, the judge said they “all share in the denial … His support doesn’t help the path forward.”

Healy said Lund’s actions feel “like a bigger betrayal” because he was in law enforcement, then cited five “aggravating factors.” They included “abusive” and “sadistic” images; the sheer number of them, in the thousands; their redistribution online; his violation of the community’s trust; and the “lack of candor” during his testimony.

“The aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating factors,” said the judge, who did not signal what Lund’s eventual sentence would be, pending the supplemental psychologist’s report.

“The prison solution and the probation solution is a farce,” said Healy.

Lund, a retired 26-year veteran of the CHP, worked out of the agency’s Fairfield office when he was arrested on Oct. 16, 2014, and later posted bail.

Longtime Vacaville Police Detective Jeff Datzman, a digital crimes expert, was a key witness in the case.

The jury found Lund guilty of possessing and controlling child pornography depicting children under 18 years of age, more than 600 images’ worth, and knew it depicted children under 18; and secondly, possession and control of child pornography, commonly called “kiddie porn.”

Shapiro, in an hourlong closing argument during the second trial, said Lund’s victims were “thousands of children” and the “residents of Solano County” while he was on duty and was “supposed to be protecting us.”

Datzman’s investigation centered around a search for a person who was going online and downloading child pornography images and videos, some 14,000 of them as it turned out, while at various locations with WiFi capability throughout Solano County. It was evidence collected from Lund’s personal vehicle, where investigators found a laptop, several flash drives and other electronic equipment.

The detective’s forensics indicated Lund was connected at various times during his graveyard shifts to WiFi-enabled locations, from the Yogurt Beach Shack in Vacaville to a Cordelia Park neighborhood, from June 13 to Oct. 16, 2014. While at the CHP office in Fairfield, investigators also found evidence from Lund’s work desk and his work locker.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Human trafficking task force searches Austintown home

The task force has been investigating since August

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - The Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force searched a home in Austintown Thursday morning.
Officials were on scene at a home in the 3900 block of Dunbar, apparently looking into electronic child pornography.

The task force has been investigating since August, and finally had enough evidence to conduct a search of the home. 
Major Jeff Allen says the task force started investigating when an officer traced activity from an online child pornography site to the home.
"Images and video of child pornography were being viewed at this home, so we executed a search warrant here," Allen says.
Children are trafficked by the makers of the pornography, who also make money off selling the images. 
The pornographers learn to sell and conceal their images in high-tech methods, which makes these investigations difficult.
"It's very difficult. It changes daily just like any other crime. When law enforcement catches on, they find a different route and we have to learn that route. It's a constant battle," Allen says.
These investigations are also difficult from an emotional standpoint. Special Agent Jim Ciotti says officers have to view images of children being abused and exploited during the investigation.
"It's bad. Our agents are required to go through what is called vicarious trauma training every year. We just have to make sure they are doing well. The images you see are horrendous," Ciotti says.
He says they do it to keep children safe. 
"Research has shown that 50 percent of these individuals that look at child porn are hands-on on child porn."

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tampa man arrested, charged with 85 counts of possession of child pornography

A Tampa man was arrested and charged with 85 counts of possession of child pornography on Thursday.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Internet Predator Unit served a warrant for Edwin Mendez-Figueroa, 52, at his home on Otto Villa Place after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
An on-scene forensics examination of a computer belonging to Mendez-Figueroa located 85 images and videos of children depicted in various sexual acts.
Mendez-Figueroa was taken to the Orient Road Jail without incident.
Additional digital devices were located and will be examined.
Additional charges could be forthcoming.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Convicted in child porn case, rogue priest still preaches as he crafts his own narrative

Brandie Kessler and Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record

The general's report comes after years of state and local law enforcement uncovering cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Nate Chute, IndyStar

The Catholic church kicked him out. He is among 301 "predator priests" named by a grand jury. But he still leads a Catholic church in York County.

A York Daily Record/Sunday News investigation shows how he has tried to discredit the conviction.

He tells supporters various stories about why he was convicted of a crime.

Harry Spencer realized that he was home.

He’d grown uncomfortable with the direction of the Catholic Church, particularly since Vatican II. The doctrines had changed. The Mass had changed. So had all the traditions and rituals.

Then, about seven years ago, Spencer started going to what would become St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Lower Windsor Township. It offers a traditional Latin Mass. The Rev. Virgil Tetherow, also known as Father Gabriel, leads the church.

“I have never met a priest that I’ve felt more comfortable with in his religiosity and his ability to teach the religion of the Roman Catholic faith,” Spencer said. “I love my religion. And Father Tetherow is a true Catholic priest.”

But that is not what the Catholic church says.

In fact, Tetherow “is not recognized as a priest, is prohibited from presenting himself as clergy and is not associated with the Diocese of Harrisburg,” said Mike Barley, a spokesman for the diocese, who encouraged the faithful to not attend Tetherow's services.

Tetherow, 54, is among 301 “predator priests” named in the recent landmark grand jury report that details widespread sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. He was arrested in 2005 after police found child pornography on two computers and he later pleaded guilty to criminal use of a communication facility.

In a statement provided to the grand jury, he maintains his conviction isn't what it seems and that the grand jury report distorts the public record. He’s never been accused of physical sexual abuse of children.

Many of the clergy named in the almost 900-page report are dead. But Tetherow, who declined to be interviewed, is still actively running a church — and there’s nothing, and apparently no one, that can prevent him from doing so. A York Daily Record/Sunday News investigation based on dozens of interviews, Right-to-Know Law requests, court records and secret canonical letters reveals how he’s been able to weave a narrative to discredit the conviction and keep loyal followers in his flock.

READ: 'Punished' for being sexually abused in York County: Jehovah's Witnesses' culture of cover-up.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Atlantic Highlands Official Charged With Child Porn Possession

Atlantic Highlands Official Charged With Child Porn Possession
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — The Atlantic Highlands man arrested last week for alleged child porn possession is actually an official who sits on the town's environmental commission.
Brian Foley, 60, of 45 Asbury Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested and charged Thursday, July 26 by detectives with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's office. Foley is an alternate member of the Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission.
Foley "is not a regular member" of the commission and does not serve on any other boards, Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeney told He also said that in light of his arrest, "We are discussing the issue with our borough attorney and will take proper steps to make sure he is removed or resigns" from the environmental commission.

Foley was charged with possessing and distributing images and videos which depict the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni.
Detectives with the prosecutor's office say they investigated Foley's personal devices and did a forensic exam of one of them, they said. The prosecutor's office did not say what originally tipped them off to monitor or investigate Foley's computers.
If convicted, he faces five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison. Should Foley be convicted of either crime, he will be subject to the provisions of Megan's Law and potentially to Parole Supervision for Life.
The case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Virginia Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography on Tor Network Forum

Department of Justice
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Monday, May 7, 2018

A Purcellville, Virginia man, who was a member of a website dedicated to the advertising and sharing of child pornography on an online anonymous network, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Patrick J. Lechleitner, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations HSI Washington, D.C. made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Nikolai Bosyk, 40, a repair shop owner, was charged on Oct. 17, 2017, and pleaded guilty on Feb. 12, 2018.  According to admissions made in conjunction with the guilty plea, Bosyk was a member of an online bulletin board dedicated to the sharing of child pornography, that operated on the TOR anonymity network. Bosyk admitted to downloading child pornography, from that website and other places on the Internet.  A forensic review of his laptop discovered thousands of images and videos of child pornography. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case, with assistance from the High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

CEOS Trial Attorney Lauren E. Britsch and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Smith III of the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.

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 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

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Police: Maryland Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Police: Maryland man arrested on child pornography charges, was developing websites to sell it

by Stephen Pimpo Jr.

Monrovia Md. -

Police said they arrested a Frederick County man Wednesday on charges for child pornography and trying to create host websites to sell it.

Maryland State Police said they identified 35-year-old Joshua Scalera as a suspect as part of an investigation that began after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children gave them a tip in 2016 about someone uploading child pornography to a website. Through their investigation, police said they discovered Scalera tried to create the websites to sell pornography "on several different occasions."

According to police, they continued to receive information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and their investigation led them to get a search warrant for Scalera's Monrovia home. Maryland State Police, Homeland Security and Frederick Police all searched the home Wednesday, where authorities said they found multiple child pornography files.

Scalera has been charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography and six counts of possession of child pornography. He is being held without bond.

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