Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children - Case Studies


AZ ICAC Offender Apprehension Project: Joint Effort Nets 12 Suspects

Tempe, Arizona, March 5, 2009

Background

Over the past decade, the ubiquitous proliferation of computers connected to the Internet led to a skyrocketing
number of Internet crimes against children. In the year 2008, the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children
(ICAC) Task Force recorded the following:

  • 4,318 incidents involving unlawful images of the sexual exploitation of minors.
  • 394 incidents of Internet crimes against children reported from the National Center for Missing and
    Exploited Children's Cybertip hotline.
  • 228 cases of the Internet facilitated luring of minors for sexual exploitation.
  • 27 reported incidents of Internet related child prostitution.

During eight days in December 2008, Arizona ICAC undercover investigators found that in one narrow avenue
of the Internet, 8,170 unlawful images were traced to various locations in Arizona involving 77 different cities
throughout the state.

Offender Apprehension Project

In the three months between December 2008 and February 2009, a joint task force of Arizona and Federal
investigators conducted a series of proactive cybercrime enforcement operations targeting Internet criminals
committing sex crimes against children; including the trafficking of unlawful images depicting the sexual
exploitation of minors. The project was followed by an education effort geared towards Internet crime
prevention and awareness.

Law Enforcement Agencies

Investigators affiliated with 11 law enforcement agencies partnered with the Arizona ICAC Task Force in a
cooperative effort during this operation. Agencies participating included (alphabetically):

  • Arizona Attorney General's Office  (education and training)
  • Chandler PD - (investigation and enforcement)
  • F.B.I. -  (investigation and enforcement)
  • Gilbert PD - (investigation and enforcement)
  • I.C.E. - (investigation and enforcement)
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office - (prosecution)
  • Mesa PD - (investigation and enforcement)
  • Phoenix PD - (investigation and enforcement)
  • Scottsdale PD - (investigation and enforcement)
  • Tempe PD - (investigation and enforcement)
  • U. S. Postal Inspection Service - (investigations)

The Investigators' Work

Investigators endured witnessing disturbing cyber images and videos depicting brutal sexual torture of actual
children.  They use sophisticated computer investigative techniques combined with undercover tactics to
identify offenders.  They conducted surveillance operations, requested subpoenas, and wrote and executed
dozens of search warrants. They seized thousands of items of computer evidence.  Detectives and special
agents conducted computer forensics examinations to identify contraband images. They interrogated
offenders and interviewed witnesses.  They conducted exhaustive searches of dwellings and wrote
voluminous reports on their activities.

The Offenders

All of the following suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law:

These suspects were arrested and charged with violating Arizona State laws regarding the sexual exploitation
of minors (child pornography).

  • Donald Morici, age 79, from Gilbert Arizona - retired appliance repairman
  • Richard Leathers, age 49, from Phoenix Arizona - an embalmer/mortician
  • Ronald Good, age 39, from Tempe Arizona - a computer IT specialist
  • Sean Johnson, age 21, from Tempe Arizona - a college student
  • Christopher Youngs, age 59, from Quatar - a surveyor
  • Michael Carter, age 40, from Peoria Arizona - a plumber
  • Julio Ayala, age 21, from Scottsdale Arizona - a student
  • Robert Moran, age 53, from Scottsdale Arizona - a handyman
  • Two unnamed juveniles, both age 16 from Mesa and Tempe
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17 year sentence for Ronald Sirull, owner of Brutus the Skydiving Dog:
Police still seek to learn the identities of his victims

Phoenix, Arizona, March 25, 2008

Sentenced: Ronald Bruce Sirull, age 50
Maricopa County Superior Court: 17 years prison, lifetime probation, lifetime sex offender
Agencies: Phoenix Police Department / Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, FBI, ICE,
Maricopa County Attorney's Office

In August 2007, after a two-month undercover investigation, Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task
Force detectives arrested Ronald Bruce Sirull, a 50 year old packaging employee at a Phoenix Fed/Ex Kinkos
for sexual exploitation of a minor (unlawful images), sexual conduct with a minor and possession of marijuana.

During the investigation Sirull arranged for  and completed a “dead drop” of unlawful images in exchange for
money with an undercover investigator of the Arizona ICAC Task Force.

Pursuant to legal process and with the assistance of the Internet service provider, QWest, investigators were
able to gather important information that furthered the investigation.

Sirull was later found to possess videos depicting himself engaged in sex acts with unidentified persons
believed to be minors.  The true identities of the persons depicted in the images are still unknown.

Sirull was arrested at his workplace, a FedEx Kinkos in Phoenix.  He offered no resistance to the arrest.
Search warrants were served at the business and also at Sirull’s nearby home. Items of evidence were seized
from both locations.  Special agents from the FBI and ICE assisted in the search.  Sirull’s vehicle was also
seized for forfeiture because he used it to facilitate the offense.

Sirull has worked as a private investigator and possesses a concealed weapons permit. He has lived in
Arizona and Florida and has traveled throughout the US. He gained notoriety several years ago as the owner of
Brutus the Skydiving Dog. Sirull made numerous skydiving jumps accompanied by his pet daschund which he
strapped to his stomach during the dives.  Sirull and his dog possess a Guiness world record as the highest
skydiving dog.  He made promotional public appearances, accompanied by his dog, at skydiving events and
air shows.

The investigation was submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  On March 25, 2008,
Sirull plead guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to charges related to the unlawful images.  He was
sentenced to 17 years prison, lifetime probation and lifetime sex offender status.

The victims depicted in the unlawful images with Sirull are still unidentified. Police are requesting that anyone
with information about unlawful activities involving Sirull to contact Detective Jerry Barker Phoenix Police
Crimes against Children Unit at 602-495-0681.
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Offender sentenced - Holbrook PD, Navajo County SO, AZ Department of Public Safety &  Navajo County
Attorney

On May 25, 2007 Calvin Craig Bessent, age 44, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and lifetime probation
after pleading guilty to state charges of furnishing harmful items to a minor and attempted sexual exploitation
of a minor (child pornography).  Bessent is unmarried and unemployed. He was living with his mother at the
time of his arrest.

The investigation was handled by the Holbrook Police Department and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators learned that on March 9, 2006 Bessent began an online relationship with a 15-year-old victim.  
During their communications Bessent had sent numerous pornographic images to the victim.  A search
warrant was served on Bessent’s residence and evidence was seized.  Bessent made admissions to the
offenses and was arrested.  An Arizona Department of Public Safety forensic examiner reviewed the computer
and found an unlawful image depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

This investigation was found to be linked to another ongoing case when it was leaned that the victim had also
been communicating with another suspect. The case against the second suspect is pending.

The Navajo County Attorney’s Office handled the prosecution.
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Businessman Who Showed Unlawful Images To 16 Year Old Employee Gets 10 Years Prison

Phoenix, Arizona - Maricopa County Superior Court
Offender: Tommy Jacob Vetter, age 49. Owner of Vetter Packing and Moving
Charges: Two counts sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography)
Sentence: Ten years prison followed by 99 years probation and sex offender registration
Agencies: Arizona ICAC Task Force, FBI, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO)

On October 17, 2004 a 16 year old employee of Vetter Packing and Moving reported that her boss, 49 year old
Tommy Vetter, had shown her images of child pornography on a computer at their Phoenix workplace.
Investigators from the Phoenix ICAC Task Force and FBI diligently worked on the case.

A search warrant was served at the business and computers were seized. Detectives interviewed Vetter, a
divorced father of two. An investigator from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office conducted a forensics
examination of Vetter’s computer and found numerous unlawful images. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
represented the state and Vetter was indicted by a grand jury in March, 2006.

On April 18, 2007 Vetter plead guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography). He was
sentenced to ten years prison followed by 99 years probation and registration as a sex offender.
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Ten Year Sentence for Phoenix Public Library Child Pornography Trafficker

On December 22, 2005, the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (AZ ICAC) Task Force received the first in
a series of seven reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding
child pornography that was being trafficked through Google. Technicians at Google had discovered disturbing
images of child pornography on their computer servers and reported the images to NCMEC in accordance with
federal law.

An unknown offender had posted unlawful images to five different groups within Google. The groups had the
following titles:

    Pedophilia-Pics
    Hardcore
    Preteen photos
    Preteen-bestiality-and-anything-taboo2
    Homemade_vid_pthc, (note: among pedophiles, pthc means pre-teen hardcore)

Researchers at NCMEC conducted a preliminary investigation and learned that the computers facilitating the
trafficking belonged to the City of Phoenix and that the offender used the email address,”ugofif@yahoo.com”
and the screen name, “Billy Corgan”.

    Investigators quickly suspected that the screen name Billy Corgan was an alias after learning that the
    real Billy Corgan is a prominent musician.

An Intenet Yahoo profile posted on-line for “ugofif” indicated that his listed interests included:

    Preschool
    Strangers with Candy
    Kinki Kids
    PT Cruiser (note: among pedophiles, PT stands for “pre-teen”)
    Kinder-und Jugendhilfe
    Babyz
    All in the Family

    AZ ICAC investigators learned that the computers used by “ugofif” were part of the vast Phoenix library
    system including 13 branch libraries located throughout the 516 square-mile city.

    Computer experts know that computers connected to the Internet can be identified by an Internet
    protocol (IP) number, also known as an IP address. An IP address is similar to a telephone number in
    that the number can be traced through subpoena to a particular location or vicinity.

    Investigators learned that the IP numbers associated with “ugofif” were shared between every public-
    access computer throughout the entire citywide library network and investigators initially could not
    identify which single library computer was the one used by “ugofif”.

    Working in an undercover capacity on the Internet, an investigator contacted “ugofif” and developed
    information that he was trafficking child pornography for sale. He used a monetary brokerage service
    that is designed to protect the anonymity of buyers and sellers.

    Investigators leaned that "ugofif" had used Phoenix public library computers on hundreds of occasions.
    Because the library does not log nor retain basic user information, the investigation would have stalled
    except for one unusual IP address that appeared in the long listings of hundreds of identical library
    addresses. The unusual IP address did not match the IP addresses associated with the library.

    Investigators researched the unusual IP address. They found that it was associated with a computer e-
    mail kiosk at a convenience store in Phoenix. The store was not far from the main downtown public
    library. The convenience store has a small podium-like stand with a computer attached that permits
    users to insert money and then log-in and check email. Fortunately for investigators, the store also
    maintains a video tape recording system that preserves images of customers. Investigators retrieved
    video tapes from the store that depicted a person using the computer at the same date and time that
    the IP records had indicated “ugofif” had been there.

    The convenience store video showed images of an unidentified person – probably “ugofif”, but
    investigators still did not know his true identity. Using the images, investigators then began covert
    surveillance at the downtown branch of the library, looking for the person in the picture. The library has
    dozens of computers located on three different floors of the building.

    On December 30, 2005, a person resembling the man depicted on the store video was observed using
    a library computer at the downtown library. Covert surveillance was conducted for two hours as the man
    moved about and used seven different library computers. Initial surveillance could not confirm that the
    person was in fact "ugofif". The library did not require users to provide any proof of identity in order to
    use the computers and investigators later learned that the computers have software set to eliminate
    evidence shortly after a patron departs.

    When the man left the library, investigators followed afoot. A few blocks from the library he was detained
    temporarily under a pretext and he presented identification with the name Taurean Allmon. Allmon said
    that he was transient and living at the nearby homeless shelter.

    A search warrant was prepared for the purpose of seizing the seven library computers that had been
    used by Allmon. The purpose of the seizure was to attempt to determine with certainty whether or not
    Allmon was “ugofif” – also know as “Billy Corgan”. On January 5, 2006, the search warrant was ready.
    Detectives planned to wait for Allmon to use a computer at the library, detain him, and then seize the
    computers listed in the warrant. Detectives watched for two days but Allmon did not return to the library.
    Finally, on January 6, the warrant was served and ten computers were seized. Allmon’s whereabouts
    were unknown.

    Undercover on-line investigators continued working the case and learned that Allmon had traveled to
    California for a temporary laborer job. While in California, Allmon had used various library and motel
    computers while continuing to traffic child pornography. Investigators learned that Allmon said that he
    would return to Phoenix sometime in February.

    On February 9, 2006 Allmon was spotted in Phoenix by an alert AZ ICAC investigator who saw him
    walking on the street near the Phoenix public library. AZ ICAC investigators converged, and Allmon was
    taken into custody without incident as he sat at a library computer. The computer he was using still
    displayed the Yahoo screen name “ugofif” when he was arrested. Allmon had removable media
    storage devices in his possession that were seized by detectives. He made admissions to crimes
    amounting to the possession of child pornography, and possession with intent to sell child
    pornography.

    Computer forensic analysis of the computer storage media seized from Allmon revealed numerous
    disturbing images of child pornography involving children as young as five years old.

    The computer forensic analysis of 17 computers seized from the library proved unproductive because
    the computers contain special software that quickly eliminates or over-writes evidence that might have
    helped investigators.

    After his February 9, 2006 arrest, the 21 year old Allmon remained in custody with a $198,000 bond.
    Criminal charges were filed through the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.  

    On March 9, 2007 Allmon pled guilty to one felony count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one felony
    count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. Allmon will serve ten years in prison followed by
    lifetime probation and registration as a sex offender.

    Arizona Department of Corrections inmate number 15147
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    Deferred jail term for an Arizona Internet sexual predator

    Phoenix, Arizona - September 11, 2006

    Offender: Anthony Russell Allen, a.k.a. "BoredChandlerGuy"

    On January 13, 2006, Anthony Russell Allen, an unmarried 32 year old armored car driver from
    Chandler, Arizona was arrested by members of the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task
    Force and charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation. The arrest occurred in Phoenix.

    Allen came to the attention of law enforcement when he used the Internet with the intention of meeting a
    minor for sex. During Internet chat conversations, while using the screen name: “BoredChandlerGuy”
    he groomed his intended victim and made sexually explicit statements including (expletives deleted):

    "Have you ever met people off of this?"
    "Want to?"
    "Would have to be a mall though i think in case u dont like me"
    "What you want?
    "How much clothes you need?"
    "Was just asking cause other people have asked me that too LOL"
    "But they said they would return the favor somehow"
    "I think they meant sex wise"
    "So you have a bf?"
    "Heck I would knock down the door if you like older guys"
    "Yeah sex would be nice wont lie there"
    "Ok sorry getting into sex topic what you want to talk about?"
    "So sometimes my mind drifts to sex talk"
    "Yeah but nowdays girls having sex at 12"
    "I see. Have u ever seen a guy naked?"
    "So you never touched a (expletive) or anything?"
    "Wow then you want me to come over and teach you things heh"
    "But then again if u wanted to learn"
    "As long as your not a cop or the tv crew that setting me up"
    "A little nervous since you are only (age redacted) and underage"
    "Can get in a lot of trouble"
    "I wouldnt tell anyone if you wont"
    "So going to show you my (expletive) if you want to see it"
    "Think you might be tight for me though"
    "If u wanted to have sex"
    "Your not some crazy cop or reporter are ya?"
    "Where would you want to meet and when?"
    "Ok could bring you back to my place if ok"
    "We could come back have some fun take you home?"
    "Maybe try some sexual things if you like me"
    "Do you have big (expletive)?"
    "I wont (expletive) in you"
    "Want to try?"
    "Like sucking on a lolli pop from what I hear"
    "Well normal is you on bottom and me on top but can do you on top me on bottom or you bent
    over on bed (Doggystyle)
    "U will be there at 430"
    "K see you then"

    After the chat conversations, intent upon meeting a minor for sex, Allen drove from Chandler to Phoenix
    for the planned meeting. The armored car driver arrived in his personal vehicle, a sedan and was taken
    into custody. He confessed to the crime.

    Allen was booked into the Maricopa County jail and the case was handled by the Maricopa County
    Attorneys Office. Allen served served 3 days in jail and pled guilty to one count of luring a minor for
    sexual exploitation.

    On September 11, 2006 he was sentenced by Judge Bethany G. Hicks of Maricopa County Superior
    Court. Sentencing included:

    - Counseling
    - Lifetime probation
    - Sex offender registration
    - 12 months jail with credit for  3 days served. This is a deferred jail term. (This means that
      the offender will only go to jail if he violates his probation terms).
    - Screening for work furlough. (This means that even if the offender is jailed he may enter
      a  program to work a job somewhere in the community during the day and spend his
      evenings in jail)

    Superior Court of Arizona - Maricopa County
    Read the sentencing of Judge Hicks at http://www.courtminutes.maricopa.gov/scripts/meeds/qreturn.
    asp   --  enter the case number  CR2006102635
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    Phoenix Neuropsychologist Sentenced to 17 Years Prison

    On November 3, 2005, Arizona ICAC investigators received disturbing information from a corporate
    attorney for a local healthcare organization. The attorney said that an alert Information Technology (IT)
    Specialist employed by the organization had observed unusual Internet traffic originating from an
    employee's computer. A computer logged in under an employee's name was trafficking sexually explicit
    chat conversations, apparently with minors, and the computer user was attempting to arrange
    meetings for sex with the minors.

    Using the screen name "tripledigitheat" the computer user was discussing sex acts already completed
    with one unidentified minor. The IT specialist tracked the origin of the Internet traffic to someone logged
    it under the employee user name, "sthenderson".  Investigators were informed that "sthenderson" was
    the name assigned to an account registered to Dr. Steven Henderson, a neuropsychologist employed
    by the healthcare organization.

    An intense week-long proactive investigation ensued. AZ ICAC investigators along with the Maricopa
    County (Arizona) Attorney's Office authored and sent subpoenas for the purpose of identifying those
    involved in the alleged offenses. Henderson was placed under covert surveillance.

    On November 11, 2005, "tripledigitheat", engaged in sexually explicit Internet chat conversation with the
    intent to meet a minor for sex. His chats included the following excerpted statements:

    "So are you maybe interested some in guys and girls or..?"
    "Do you have a myspace or something"
    "So have you ever thought about meeting someone from online?"
    "I supposed to meet up with a friend today, but he's not on now"
    "Have a little fun...LOL.. like (expletive) off together"
    "So are you at home now?"
    "Hey...if I'm free for the next hour, we could meet now LOL..."
    "I have met a guy b4 yes"
    "Ive met guys and we've (expletive) off together"
    "Yea, if we went back to ur apt, yes"
    "Not to hurt you or something or rob you...never never never"
    "So u wanna meet then"
    "I can be there in 5 minutes"
    "I'm excited to meet ya"

    On November 11, 2005, at 1430 hours Henderson left his office at 350 W. Thomas in  Phoenix and
    drove to a convenience store with the intent to meet a minor for sex. He was met instead by detectives
    and taken into custody. Immediately aware of his predicament, but selfishly oblivious to the suffering of
    others Henderson lamented, "No, no, no, don't do this! Don't do this! You don't understand, you're
    ending my life!" "My life is over!"

    Henderson invoked his Fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination. His workplace computer
    was seized pursuant to a search warrant.

    Investigators identified the minor victim (name withheld) who provided statements incriminating
    Henderson. Physical trace evidence was recovered from the victim's home. The evidence matched
    Henderson and corroborated the victim's story.

    The Maricopa County Attorney's Office handled plea negotiations.

    On July 3, 2006, Henderson plead guilty before Judge Andrew G. Klein of the Maricopa County Superior
    Court to one felony count of sexual conduct with a minor and dangerous crime against children in the
    first degree. He also plead guilty to three counts of felony attempted sexual conduct with a minor and
    dangerous crimes against children in the second degree.

    On August 25, 2006, Dr. Steven William Henderson, age 41, was sentenced to 17 years prison, lifetime
    probation, and sex offender registration. Arizona State Prisoner number 209070.
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    Another suspended sentence for an Arizona Internet sexual predator

    Phoenix, Arizona - May 25, 2006

    Offender: Francisco P. Santiago-Estrada
    a.k.a. Francisco Estrada
    a.k.a. Nathan
    a.k.a Frank
    a.k.a. master
    Screen name: dark_true_lord

    On January 27, 2006, Francisco Santiago-Estrada, a 24 year old unemployed married man, was
    arrested by members of the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and charged with
    luring a minor for sexual exploitation. The arrest occurred in Phoenix.

    Santiago-Estrada came to the attention of law enforcement  when he used the Internet with the
    intention of meeting a minor for sex.  

    On his profile page, Santiago-Estrada had listed his true name as "master". He listed his favorite quote
    as: "You wouldn't know it to look at me, but I have a soul darker than the deepest pits of hell."

    During Internet chat conversations, while using the screen name: “dark_true_lord” he made sexually
    explicit statements including (expletives deleted):

    "Looking to have some fun?"
    "I mean u, me and a bed"
    "You wanna play yet?"
    "Like some hot wild sex"
    "Cuz I love to teach"
    "We could make out and if you were willing I would lay you down undress you and (expletive) on you for
    about an hour."
    "Then I would make love to you as gentle and as long as you like"

    After the chat conversations, intent upon meeting a minor for sex, Santiago-Estrada drove from Gilbert,
    Arizona to Phoenix  for the planned meeting.

    The former marine arrived to meet the minor dressed in a black t-shirt with the words "Department of
    Homeland Security" printed on the front.

    He was arrested and confessed to the crime. His unsuspecting wife was surprised by the officers who
    later appeared at his Gilbert, Arizona residence to serve a search warrant.

    Santiago-Estrada was booked into the Maricopa County jail and the case was handled by the Maricopa
    County Attorneys Office.

    Santiago-Estrada served 116 days in jail before pleading guilty to one count of luring a minor for sexual
    exploitation. On May 25, 2006 he was sentenced by Judge Warren J. Granville to a suspended
    sentence and probation. He will serve lifetime probation but is not required to register as a sex
    offender. He will serve the remainder of the one-year sentence on a work-furlough program. The court
    ordered that he is not to operate a computer for personal use.

    Superior Court of Arizona - Maricopa County - case number: CR2006-104902
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            Suspended sentence - probation for Arizona Internet sexual predator

    Phoenix, Arizona - February 27, 2006

    Offender: Jerry Dean Huff, a.k.a. "HollywoodASU992000" age 35. Occupation: Engineer

    On April 12, 2005, Jerry D. Huff, a 35 year old married engineer for a major computer chip manufacturer,
    was arrested and charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation. The arrest occurred in the parking
    lot of a business in west Phoenix. Huff came to the attention of law enforcement in April 2005, when he
    used the Internet to solicit sex acts with a minor.  During Internet chat conversations, Huff arranged the
    illicit tryst.

    While using the screen name: “HollywoodASU992000” he made sexually explicit statements including
    (expletives deleted):

    "You like to talk dirty?"
    "You like older guys?"
    "Do you have boobs yet?"
    "Do you like to touch them?"
    "Do you like talking sexy?"
    "I'd like you to take your hand and put it between my legs and feel (expletive)."
    "My (expletive) is hard now."
    "Im not talking about cyber, Im talking about getting together for real."
    "Would you like to (expletive) me off today?"
    "Would you let me lick your (expletive)?"
    "Do you know what a (expletive) is?"
    "Where should I meet you?"
    "You're not going to get me in trouble are you?"
    "You know we shouldnt do this right?"
    "It'll be our secret?"
    "Because I could get in a lot of trouble for this."
    "See you in an hour -- gotta go finish getting ready."

    Huff drove his Mitsubishi Diamante 27 miles from Mesa to west Phoenix, intent upon meeting a minor
    for sex. Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members arrested him without incident
    and he made admissions about the crime. A search warrant was served at his residence and evidence
    was seized.

    On February 27, 2006, Huff waived his right to trial and plead guilty before Judge Andrew G. Klein of the
    Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona. Judge Klein sentenced Huff to 8 years probation and six
    months jail - on work furlough.

    Huff must register as a sex offender and he is restricted from using computers in his home without the
    prior written permission of his probation officer.
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    Possessor Sentenced to 19 years

    Sentenced: Morris Lynn Miller Jr., age 47
    Occupation: Hospital maintenance worker – Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix
    Arrested on 10/19/05 at 2501 E. Van Buren, Phoenix AZ
    Offense: Sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography)
    Agencies: Arizona ICAC - Phoenix PD, Phoenix FBI, Suffolk County NY ICAC
    Agencies: Suffolk County NY ICAC, NY FBI, AZ ICAC, Phoenix PD, AZ FBI, Maricopa County Attorney’s
    Office

    After receiving information of a child pornography possessor from investigators of the Suffolk County NY
    ICAC and NY FBI, investigators of the AZ ICAC prepared a search warrant for an apartment at 2501 E.
    Van Buren in Phoenix.

    On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 detectives and special agents of the AZ ICAC, and Phoenix FBI
    served a search warrant at 2501 E. Van Buren in Phoenix. Over one thousand items of evidence were
    recovered, mostly printed images of child pornography.  

    The apartment resident, Morris Lynn Miller, an unmarried 47 year old hospital maintenance worker,
    was arrested. Miller made admissions about the child pornography offenses. He made no admissions
    regarding contact hands-on offenses involving child pornography but he did admit to frequenting young
    male prostitutes in the area who he said may have been underage.  

    Miller lived in a motel-style apartment that prohibited personal computers but he obtained child
    pornography via Web TV and then printed out the images on a personally owned color printer.  

    He was booked into the Maricopa County jail for ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (child
    pornography). The Maricopa County Attorney's Office handled the States plea offer. (CR20051341654)

    On February 17, 2006 Miller plead guilty to one count attempt sexual exploitation of a minor and one
    count sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Blakey of the Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced
    Miller to 19 years prison.
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    Arizona Child Pornography Suspect Skips Last Day of Trial - Later Apprehended in New Mexico

    October 14, 2005

    A Mesa man accused of possessing child pornography was convicted in absentia by a Maricopa
    County Superior Court jury Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.

    James Owen McCall, age 52, possessed and trafficked child pornography using the screen names
    "tung2pleeze", "nevada_bud14", and "tamara_luvs". He told his attorney that he would be absent from
    the last day of trial for medical reasons and never returned to court Thursday. The trial continued in
    McCall's absence and the jury found him guilty of five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (child
    pornography). Judge Ronald Steinle ordered that a warrant for McCalls arrest be issued.

    The case began in November 2003, when the Internet service provider Yahoo began reporting that they
    had found child pornography related to screen names and groups that were later traced to McCall.  
    Between November 2003 and April 2004, 13 incidents involving hundreds of images were reported.
    Yahoo forwarded the information to analysts at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    who investigated and traced the origin to Arizona. The information was sent to the Arizona Internet
    Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task force where the investigations continued.

    Detectives at the Arizona ICAC investigated further and served a search warrant at McCall's Mesa home
    in February 2004. McCall made admissions regarding the offenses and was arrested. His computer
    was seized and analyzed by a forensic computer examiner at the Maricopa County Prosecutors Office.
    Hundreds of images were found. McCall was released on bond and refused to accept plea bargain
    offers. He opted instead for trial, a risky maneuver in Arizona where the mandatory minimum sentence
    for a single image of child pornography is ten years prison.

    The trial began on Tuesday, October 12, 2005.  The Maricopa County Attorney's office prosecuted the
    case, Judge Steinle presided. During the trial jurors saw disturbing images of children being sexually
    exploited and heard testimony from detectives and the computer forensic examiner.  On day three of the
    trial, with the prospects for a verdict in his favor dimming, McCall told his attorney that he could not be in
    court because he was having medical problems and needed to visit his doctor. He then fled and was
    apprehended a week later in New Mexico.
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    Missing Milwaukee Boy Found with  Phoenix Sex Offender

    From The Arizona Republic, By William Hermann, 082305.

    Phoenix police say the experience of the 13-year-old Milwaukee boy they found Monday night in the
    company of a man they suspect of using the Internet to lure the child to town is one that parents need to
    take to heart. "There are dangerous people out there cruising the Internet looking for kids," said
    Phoenix Police Sgt. Frank Kardasz. "Parents need to pay close attention to who their children are
    communicating with when they're on their computer."  Kardasz directs Phoenix's part of the Arizona
    Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes investigators from 26 municipal, county
    and federal agencies. The task force has investigated more than 1,700 cases since 2000 and made
    more than 200 arrests, Kardasz said.

    Kardasz said Milwaukee police on Aug. 17 had received a missing persons report from the boy's
    mother. Investigators went into her son's computer and found that he had been communicating
    regularly with a person using a Phoenix wireless Internet site. "We went to the address of the wireless
    user and pretty quickly found he was an innocent person whose wireless service was being used by
    someone else," Kardasz said. "Through investigative work my staff established who was using the
    wireless connection, we watched his house, and soon the man drove up with the boy in his car." At
    about 11:30 p.m police arrested Vernon Monk, 31.

    "The suspect had no ID and was using a false name and a fictitious license plate and pretending to be
    the boy's father to people in the neighborhood," Kardasz said. Monk was arrested for custodial
    interference and booked into a Maricopa County Jail. Police also learned that there is an outstanding
    arrest warrant on Monk from Seminole County, Okla., for a sexual offense against a minor. The boy was
    taken to the county's Juvenile Court Center to stay until his mother could arrange for his return home.

    Police say parents need to learn about the ways they can protect their children from Internet predators.
    They cite a 2000 study by the Justice Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited
    Children that found that one in every five young people ages 10 to 17 surveyed said they'd received a
    sexual solicitation over the Internet in the previous year. Most of those solicitations take place in chat
    rooms.

    "Predators use chat rooms as their main method of meeting and then grooming children," Kardasz
    said. "The grooming includes sympathizing with adolescent problems, offering psychological support,
    being enthusiastic about their interests, and then trying to set up a meeting." John Sheehan manages
    the CyberTipline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). He says the line
    has received about 12,000 reports of child exploitation in the past six years.

    "The predators like to go to a chat room and look at a child's profile," Shehan said. "Parents need to
    look at the profiles their children are leaving and make sure there is no personal information. No phone
    number, name of school, city they live in, athletic team, nothing that can be used to track them. "Most of
    all, parents need to establish guidelines with their son or daughter for computer use. And if parents
    suspect something is wrong, that someone has established contact that isn't right, they need to take
    action."

    The NCMEC CyberTipline is, in fact, the first number for parents to call if they believe their child is being
    communicated with by a predator, Shehan said. NCMEC investigators will try to determine the city the
    suspect is working from and then contact the appropriate authorities, he said. The number is 800-843-
    5678.
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    Internet Sexual Predator & Child Pornography Trafficker Sentenced

    July 15, 2005

    Offender: Jerry D. Gibbs, age 31, unmarried, no children
    Occupation: unemployed software engineer
    Sentencing location: Maricopa County Superior Court (Arizona)

    On August 5, 2004, an Arizona ICAC Task Force investigation led to Jerry D. Gibbs, a 31 year old
    unemployed software engineer from Scottsdale Arizona. Gibbs was identified as the suspect in an
    Internet investigation for luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Further investigation revealed that Gibbs
    also used the Internet to traffic child pornography from a computer in his apartment.

    Arizona ICAC Task Force members from agencies including Phoenix P.D., Scottsdale P.D., and the
    U.S. Postal Inspection Service served a search warrant at Gibbs' residence. Gibbs was taken into
    custody and evidence was seized. Computer analysis equipment from the Arizona Department of
    Public Safety's Computer Forensics Lab was used to locate unlawful images on a computer at the
    residence. Gibbs made admissions regarding the offenses.

    On July 15, 2005 Gibbs plead guilty in Maricopa County (AZ) Superior Court to one charge of attempt
    sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography), and guilty to one count of luring a minor for sexual
    exploitation for his acts of Internet enticement. Judge Wilkinson of the Maricopa County Superior Court
    sentenced Gibbs to ten years prison, lifetime probation and registration as a sex offender.
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    Internet Sexual Predator Sentenced

    Offender: David Neil Calvert, age 52. Occupation: Paralegal

    On January 13, 2005, David Neil Calvert, a 52 year old unemployed paralegal, was arrested and
    charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation. The arrest occurred in the parking lot of a business
    in west Phoenix. Calvert came to the attention of law enforcement in early December 2004, when he
    used the Internet to solicit sex acts with a minor.  During a series of Internet chats, Calvert arranged the
    illicit tryst. While using the screen name: “docctormsn” he made sexually explicit statements including
    (expletives deleted):

    “Your looking for some fun with older maybe?”
    “Something tells me you are a fun girl who likes (expletive)
    “Have you touched a guys (expletive) yet?

    Calvert then used an Internet connected web camera attached to his personal home computer to
    expose his genitals and masturbate. He made many other sexually explicit statements including:

    “Do you like my (expletive)?
    “Are you touching yourself?”
    “Do you like watching me play with it?
    “You should let me teach you some tricks to make (expletive) more enjoyable for you…a girl needs to
    (expletive) regularly you know?”
    “Oh yeah would you like me to eat your (expletive)?”

    On January 13, 2005 Calvert drove his BMW eighteen miles from Tempe to west Phoenix, intent upon
    meeting a minor for sex. Task Force members arrested him without incident and he made
    unremorseful admissions about the crime. A search warrant was served at his residence and evidence
    was seized. A records check indicated that Calvert had a prior (1985) arrest for indecent exposure.  

    On June 16, 2005 Calvert waived his right to trial and plead guilty before Judge Brian A. Hauser of the
    Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona. Judge Hauser sentenced Calvert to 9 months in jail,
    followed by lifetime supervised release, and sex offender registration.
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    Child Pornography Trafficker Imprisoned

    Offender: Marc Finch, w/m, age 49. Occupation-Security Guard

    In July 2003, a security guard and co-worker of 49 year old Marc Finch reported that Finch was observed
    viewing images of child pornography on a workplace computer. Detectives of the Arizona ICAC
    investigated and subsequently arrested Finch for the offense.

    Investigators learned that Finch’s fascination with children did not end with images. Finch, a lifetime
    bachelor, hoped to adopt a school-aged boy and had obtained adoption forms from a government
    agency towards that end.

    A plea bargain was struck, and on July 08, 2004, Finch pleaded guilty to one count of attempt sexual
    exploitation of a minor for the child pornography. He was sentenced to one year in jail and lifetime
    probation.

    During Finch’s one year incarceration for the first offense, the National Center for missing and Exploited
    Children forwarded a complaint to the Arizona ICAC stating that an unknown Yahoo member using the
    screen name, “lilboy4fun2003”  had distributed images of child pornography via the Internet. The
    investigation of the Yahoo report led to back to Finch. Further investigation proved that Finch distributed
    the child pornography via the Internet prior to his incarceration.

    Upon his release from the original offense, on September 17, 2004, Finch attended his first probation
    meeting and was promptly re-arrested and charged with six of the many images he had trafficked via
    Yahoo.

    Another plea bargain was struck, and on April 12, 2005, Finch pleaded guilty to two counts of attempt
    sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography). Judge Trujillo sentenced Finch to 5 years prison,
    followed by lifetime probation and sex offender registration.
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    Child Molester / Child Pornography Producer and Trafficker Sentenced to 27 Years

    February 03, 2005

    Offender: David Lance Parent, age 47. Occupation: Home Depot - Gardening Department

    Between January and June 2004, Detectives of the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
    Task Force conducted an investigation into a child pornography trafficker. The investigation stemmed
    from a series of complaints generated by the Internet Service Provider Yahoo and subsequently sent to
    the Arizona ICAC by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Detectives learned that the
    suspect posted hundreds of images of child pornography to the Internet. The offender was identified as
    David Lance Parent, age 47, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. On July 8th, 2004 the Arizona ICAC served a
    search warrant at Mr. Parent’s residence.  The investigation confirmed that he possessed images of
    child pornography.  Subsequent investigation revealed that David Parent had sexual contact with a
    minor.  

    Mr. Parent waived his right to trial and plead guilty to two counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor.
    On February 3rd , 2004, Mr. Parent was sentenced to 27 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised
    release and registration as a sex offender.

    Arizona State Department of Corrections Prisoner #192836
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    Internet Sexual Predator Imprisoned

    Offender: David Jackson Donan, age 61

    In September 2003, an investigation began involving an unidentified person using the Internet screen
    name "Brasshatter." Investigators learned that "Brasshatter" intended to travel via commercial aircraft
    from Austin, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona for the purpose of meeting a minor to engage in unlawful sexual
    intercourse. "Brasshatter" was later identified as David Jackson Donan, age 61, with residences in
    both California and Texas. On October 20, 2003 Donan boarded a commercial aircraft and traveled
    from Texas to Arizona. To groom and entice his intended victim, he brought several packages of the
    candy - Skittles. To aid in his intended unlawful sexual acts he brought nine sexual aide devices, KY
    Jelly, a male sexual enhancement drug, a prescription for Viagra, and a digital camera - all in his carry-
    on baggage. Donan was arrested without incident upon his arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. He
    made no statements and was booked.

    Arizona ICAC investigators and FBI agents in Arizona, California, and Texas worked cooperatively in the
    subsequent investigation and search of Donan's residences for evidence. They uncovered computer
    evidence, firearms and other sexual aid devices belonging to Donan. Later forensics examinations of
    his computer also revealed a collection of child pornography. Computer evidence indicated that Donan
    had bragged during Internet chat conversations about having victimized children while he had visited
    Thailand many years ago. Donan waived his right to trial plead guilty to one count of the Federal
    offense: Travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile (Title 18, Part I, Chapter 117, 2423b).
    Donans' presentence report was not favorable with indications that he had prior "hands-on" offenses
    with as-yet unidentified victims.

    On September 29, 2004, Donan plead guilty in U.S. Federal District Court (Phoenix). Honorable Earl H.
    Carroll presided. Judge Carroll sentenced Donan to 7 years, 3 months prison, followed by one year
    residence in a transitional facility, $25,000 fine
    and lifetime supervised release.
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    International Cooperation Leads To Conviction Of Child Pornography Trafficker

    Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, FBI, and Gwent, South Wales, U.K. Police

    Offender: Lee McCulloch, age 26, resident of Gwent, South Wales, U.K.
    Occupation: Factory worker, Children: none
    Arrest Location: Abertillery, Gwent - South Wales, United Kingdom
    Charge: Distributing Indecent Photographs of Children (United Kingdom)
    Sentence: Eight months prison, Sex offender registration for five years.
    Agencies involved: Arizona ICAC Task Force, Phoenix P.D., F.B.I., Heddlu Gwent P.D. South Wales, U.K.

    In April 2003, an investigator from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force / Phoenix
    Police Department initiated an investigation into an unidentified child pornography trafficker. the
    investigation led to an unknown suspect in the United Kingdom. Working with the FBI and the Heddlu
    Gwent (UK) Police Department, investigators assembled a case that led to the identification and arrest
    of 26 year old Lee McCulloch in South Wales, UK. McCulloch, a factory worker, used computers at his
    home in the United Kingdom to collect and traffic images of child pornography with other nefarious
    Internet associates. McCulloch, who is unmarried, was arrested on November 28, 2003. Investigators
    in the UK developed further information leading to twenty (20) other suspects there with whom
    McCulloch traded unlawful images of child pornography.

    On August 26, 2004, McCulloch was sentenced to 8 months in prison in the UK and five years of sex
    offender registration status.
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    Cybertip From NCMEC Leads Mohave County Sheriffs to a Hands-On Offender

    August 25, 2004

    Offender: Ryan Hugh Caskey, age 33, Former auto parts manager.
    Jurisdiction: Mohave County, Arizona
    Charges: Three counts of child molestation, Nine counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (child
    pornography)
    Sentence: Twenty years prison
    Agencies involved: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Arizona ICAC, Mohave County
    Sheriff's Department, Bullhead City
    Police Department, Phoenix Police Department

    For the past several months, investigators of the Arizona ICAC Task Force have been deluged with a
    heartbreaking flood of Internet child pornography complaints involving thousands of gruesome images
    of helpless children being unimaginably exploited.

    In each of these cases, the unlawful image trafficking is facilitated through the use of the Internet
    service provider - Yahoo. Pornographers use free Yahoo services for clandestine transfer and storage
    of contraband child pornography. Preferential sex offenders throughout the world make unrestrained
    use of Yahoo for this nefarious purpose.

    In April 2004, Yahoo reported a child pornography trafficker to the National Center for Missing Exploited
    Children (NCMEC investigation number 203894) Researchers there traced the source to an unknown
    location in Kingman, Arizona and promptly reported the case to the Arizona ICAC Task Force.

    AZ ICAC/Phoenix P.D. detectives investigated and forwarded the case to the Mohave County Arizona
    Sheriffs Department. Detectives of Mohave County conducted an exhaustive investigation and identified
    the suspect, Ryan Hugh Caskey, a 33 year old auto parts manager. Det. Matthews' excellent work also
    uncovered a ten year old minor child who had been molested by Caskey over a two-year period.

    Investigators from the Bullhead City Police Department conducted forensics examinations of digital
    evidence seized from Caskey. The exam identified nine images of child pornography.

    Judge Moon of Mohave County sentenced Caskey to 14 years prison for the child molestation charges
    and six years prison for the sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography) charges.
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    David Mojica Santos - Internet Sexual Predator

    Offense: Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation

    On October 8, 2003, Mojica Santos, age 65, was arrested for luring a minor for sexual exploitation in
    northwest Phoenix. Santos first came to the attention of law enforcement in July 2003, when he used
    the Internet to solicit sexual conduct with a minor, in violation of Arizona
    Revised Statutes 13-3554.

    Santos traveled from his residence in Mesa to a location in Northwest Phoenix where he intended to
    meet a minor for sex. He was arrested, booked, and subsequently released on bond. He later plead
    guilty to the court.

    Sentencing Hearing -
    The recent trend among judges in Maricopa County is to sometimes sentence such offenders to
    probation only, with no jail time. Anticipating this, we prepared a detailed statement to the sentencing
    judge. Here is an excerpt:

    Statement of Frank Kardasz:

    ...Your Honor, the innocent children we struggle to protect are unable to appear here today. They are
    children whose innocence was stolen by Internet sexual predators like this defendant. Most of those
    children will never come forward due to fear or a misplaced sense of guilt. A few of them, like 13 year
    old Kasie Woody of Arkansas, and 13 year old Christina Long of Connecticut, were forever silenced by
    Internet sexual predators.

    According to reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in five girls and
    one in ten boys will be sexually victimized before they reach adulthood, and less than 35% of these
    crimes will ever be reported.

    The Internet provides an unparalleled opportunity for criminals to unearth themselves and victimize
    unwary young people. Research indicates that of the estimated 24 million child Internet users, one in
    five received a unwanted sexual solicitation, but only one in four told a parent.

    Curious and innocent youngsters are flocking to the Internet seeking friendship and information but are
    instead finding sexual deviants and predators. My undercover investigators and I have witnessed no
    shortage of adults chatting on the Internet with the stated intention of sexually victimizing minors.  Over
    the past few years our caseload has skyrocketed while our resources have not.

    Our investigation of this defendant revealed that his Internet chat was not an isolated incident but part of
    a series of ongoing offenses occurring against multiple victims over an extended period of time. He was
    not the unfortunate victim of a "sting" caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a practiced
    Internet sexual predator.

    Forensics analysis of his computer revealed that he did not spend his idle time enjoying normal
    retirement hobbies or mentoring his family or community. This former missionary spent his day
    prowling cyberspace in search of young sexual prey.

    We discovered Internet chat conversations he had with four as yet unidentified girls aged fifteen,
    fourteen and eleven. In each of the chats he quickly turned the conversation to sex and began to
    manipulate each girl towards meeting him for sex.

    I am going to read brief excerpts of the chat conversations the defendant had with various young girls
    he contacted on the Internet. Much of the language is so sexually graphic that I will not repeat it
    verbatim.

    "Do you like older guys?"
    "Have you had sex yet?"
    "Are you curious about having sex?"
    "Do you think you would like to have sex sometime soon?"
    "I wish I was next door to you....and then maybe not. I might rape you."
    "What city do you live in....I was just wondering if there is a    large airport nearby."
    "You just don't know how badly I want to (expletive) you right now."

    And I will stop there your Honor because the conversations deteriorate graphically from there.

    Your Honor, I have watched defendants in similar circumstances appear in these courtrooms arguing
    that everything they did was fantasy role-playing and that they were the unfortunate victims of zealous
    police operations. That's hogwash.

    Was it fantasy when this defendant drove over 20 miles from Mesa to Northeast Phoenix for the
    expressed purpose of meeting a minor for sex? Was it fantasy when the defendant brought condoms
    with him to the meeting? Condoms that he admitted that he does not use with his wife.

    Apologists for this defendant may look at his age and surmise that he has little capacity for future
    offenses - I disagree. This defendant had the physical capacity to proudly display on the Internet,
    graphic sexual images of himself, captured with a computer web camera and in a variety of poses.

    In similar cases my colleagues and I have watched defendants receive minimal sentencing by other
    courts, only to re-offend later. In one recent case the defendant mocked the court by continuing to solicit
    minors for sex while the defendant was out on bond only days after his original arrest. In another of our
    cases, the convicted defendant, while free on probation, immediately began producing, acting in, and
    trafficking child pornography, including images of himself sexually abusing three young children under
    shocking and horrifying
    circumstances.  

    The Arizona law as it stands permits the court to exercise wide discretion in sentencing this offense. We
    trust that this court will act in the best interest of our community and send a strong message to this and
    all other Internet sexual predators.

    Finally your honor, we request that this court's judgment provide a message of reassurance to the
    children unable to appear in your courtroom today that their rights are being defended at this, the
    highest level of County justice.

    Sentence -
    On June 18, 2004, Santos was sentenced before Judge Hotham of the Maricopa County Superior
    Court. He received ten months jail and lifetime probation.

    Link to Court Documents - Case Number # CR2003-023012
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    Jesse Orlando Albin - Child Pornography - AZ State Prisoner 184540

    On March 19, 2004, Jesse O. Albin, a 24 year old former circulation attendant at the Century Branch of
    the Phoenix Public Library in Arizona was sentenced by Judge Reinstein of the Maricopa County
    Superior Court. After an exhausting series of unsuccessful defense appeals, Albin plead guilty to
    reduced charges consisting of two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of minors (child
    pornography).

    Albin will serve five years in prison and lifetime probation. He will be required to register as a sex
    offender, provide a DNA sample, and abide by special probationary restrictions related to his future use
    of computers.

    The case began in April 2002, when the Phoenix Police Department received a report that Albin
    duplicated and distributed child pornography using computers at the Phoenix Arizona Public Library
    Century Branch at 1750 E. Highland. A witness provide police with a compact disk said to contain child
    pornography that was alleged to have been produced by Albin. Further investigation confirmed the
    allegations. As the investigation continued it was learned that Albin produced and distributed another
    disk containing child pornography that was also turned over to police.

    In June, 2002, search warrants were served at the library and also at Albin's residence. Computers,
    documents and media were seized. A disk containing more child pornography was seized from Albin's
    employee locker.  

    At the time of the search warrant, a library administrator advised investigators that Albin had once
    received supervisory counseling for improper computer use when he hacked the library computer
    network and improperly used file transfer programs. The library had never informed police of this felony
    computer tampering offense.

    Albin was interviewed and admitted that he used library computers to view and download images of
    children. A pediatrician examined numerous contraband images uncovered by investigators and
    confirmed that the children depicted were minors, many of whom were under fifteen years of age, some
    of whom were engaged in sex acts. These children are not yet identified.
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    Gary Lee Davis - Child Pornography - AZ State Prisoner 183801

    On February 20 2004, 24 year old Gary Lee Davis plead guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to one
    count of sexual exploitation of a minor for possessing child pornography. The case began on March 24
    2003, when a horrified patron of the Cholla branch of the Phoenix Public library at 10050 Metro Parkway
    East noticed that Davis was viewing child pornography on a public-access computer there. The
    Phoenix Public Library Internet-use rules tacitly permit felony child pornography violations through a
    policy of feigned helplessness.

    The alert patron notified the lethargic library staff and repeatedly demanded that police be notified. As
    Davis fled in a vehicle, responding Phoenix Police officers stopped and arrested him nearby. Davis was
    found in possession of dozens of disturbing images of children being sexually exploited. Investigators
    were unable to substantiate rumors that Davis had committed child molestation. He was permitted to
    plead guilty before Judge Granville to possession of one unlawful image and received the Arizona
    minimum mandatory sentence for the offense, ten years of prison. Davis also received lifetime
    probation and will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.

    Link to Court Documents - Case # CR2003017060
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    Morton Robert Berger - Child Pornography - AZ State Prisoner 174827

    US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of child pornography possessor sentenced to 200 years

    February 26, 2007

    In 2002, Morton Berger was a married, 51 year old high school teacher when AZ ICAC Task Force
    investigators conducted a child pornography investigation at his home. Pursuant to a search warrant,
    investigators uncovered Berger's demented pornographic treasure trove including binders containing
    printed images and thousands of computer files of every imaginable style of pornography. Investigators
    also learned that Berger had groomed his comparatively young (2nd) wife years earlier when she was
    a minor working as a movie theatre clerk where he had been a manager.

    Arizona State Law contains serious penalties for possession of child pornography. A single image
    carries a sentencing range from 10-24 years mandatory prison with no early release provisions.
    Prosecutors offered Berger a plea of 17 years prison which he declined.

    Prosecutors charged Berger with twenty of the unlawful images. After trial, the horrified jury quickly
    convicted, and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Ruth Harris Hilliard sentenced Berger to the
    mandatory minimum, ten years prison for each of the twenty images. No concurrent sentencing here
    either - that’s 200 years as a guest of the Arizona State Department of Corrections.

    The 200 year sentence caused the case to receive brief nationwide attention, including a short spot on
    the O'Reily factor that included Berger sniveling, "I didn’t touch anyone". Local Phoenix media and the
    Arizona defense bar crowed and cawed, causing the politically elastic (and soon to be private-sector)
    Maricopa County Attorney, Rick Romley, to retreat to a policy of charging a maximum of only six images
    of child pornography per offender. The pull back was designed to result in a maximum 60 year prison
    term for child pornography offenders and deflect critics of the longer sentences.

    Berger appealed the 200 year sentence based on arguments of equal protection under the law and
    cruel and unusual punishment. In December 2004, the conviction was affirmed by two of the three
    judges of the Arizona Court of Appeals (Division One). Judges Susan Ehrlich and Philip Hall dismissed
    Berger's appeal with well-reasoned and researched arguments including (citations omitted):

    It is evident beyond the need for elaboration that a State's interest in safeguarding the physical and
    psychological well-being of a minor is compelling.

    …the victimization of a child continues when that act is memorialized in an image. The materials
    produced are a permanent record of the children's participation and the harm to the child is
    exacerbated by their circulation. Unfortunately, the victimization of the children involved does not end
    when the pornographer's camera is put away.

    The legislative judgment…is that the use of children as subjects of pornographic materials is harmful
    to the physiological, emotional, and mental health of the child.

    …the possession of child pornography drives that industry and…the production of child pornography
    will decrease if those who possess the product are punished equally with those who produce it.

    …it (the law) will decrease the production of child pornography if it penalizes those who possess and
    view the product, thereby decreasing demand.

    …the possession of child pornography inflames the desires of child molesters, pedophiles and child
    pornographers.

    The State has more than a passing interest in forestalling the damage caused by child pornography:
    preventing harm to children is, without cavil, one of its most important interests.  …we cannot fault the
    State for attempting to stamp out this vice at all levels in the distribution chain.

    Berger downloaded images from the Internet, and every time he visited a website, he demonstrated to
    the producers and sellers of child pornography that there was a demand for their product. Berger's
    demand served to drive the industry; there need not have been a direct monetary exchange.

    Berger maintains also that, because his possession of the pornographic images was passive and
    because he did not use threats or violence in the commission of his crimes, his sentence is grossly
    disproportionate. This logic is abstruse. As was described by this court in Hazlett, 205 Ariz. at 527 p 11,
    73 P.3d at 1262, and as is evident from the violent pornographic images in this case, child pornography
    is a form of child abuse.  

    The materials produced are a permanent record of the children's participation and the harm to the child
    is exacerbated by their circulation.

    Morton Berger is scheduled for release on June 22, 2175.  

    Read the courts ruling at:
    http://www.cofad1.state.az.us/opinionfiles/cridx.htm

    Visit Bergers State-sponsored web pages:
    http://www.azcorrections.gov/cgi-bin/ISentence.cgi/136249220049041219

    Link to court documents - Case # CR2002013657

    On February 26, 2007 the US Supreme Court refused to hear Berger's appeal and he remains in
    custody.        
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    Sergio Galaz Coronado - Internet Sexual Predator

    On August 3, 2001, 24 year old Sergio Galaz Coronado, a Computer Aided Design Draftsman was
    arrested in Phoenix and charged with attempt sexual exploitation of a minor. Coronado had used the
    Internet with the intent to meet a minor for sex.
    He made lurid on-line statements including:

    "Do you shave down there?"
    "I have a 7.5 inch, nice and thick"
    "I bet you would like to hold a nice thick one"
    "I would let you taste it if you wanted to"
    "Do you have big (expletive)?"
    "Would you let me feel on your (expletive)?"
    "I bet you are going to like having my big (expletive) in your hand"
    "Are you going to (expletive deleted) it for me?"
    "You are going to luv it when I stick my tongue inside of you"

    On January 15, 2002, Coronado was found guilty pursuant to a jury trial and Judge Robert L Gottsfield
    of the Maricopa County Arizona Superior court sentenced him to six months jail and ten years probation.
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    Alan Joseph Fritz - Child Pornography

    On April 3, 2003, Alan Joseph Fritz, age 20, was sentenced to ten years prison and lifetime probation in
    Maricopa County Arizona Superior Court for one count of sexual exploitation of a minor (child
    pornography). The investigation began when it was learned that a computer once belonging to Fritz
    contained child pornography. The subsequent investigation proved that Fritz was guilty and it was also
    learned that he had a prior sex offense from another jurisdiction.
    Arizona Department of Corrections Inmate #175497
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    Jonathon Charles Zulker - Internet Sexual Predator

    On June 13, 2001, Jonathon C. Zulker, a 29 year old laborer, used the Internet to arrange to meet a
    minor for sex. He traveled from Tempe, Arizona to west Phoenix for the purpose of meeting the minor.
    He was arrested and charged with attempt sexual conduct with a minor in Maricopa County Superior
    Court.  He plead guilty. Judge Crane McLennen sentenced him to only three months jail and ten years
    probation.
    Maricopa County Superior Court Case number CR2001-009641.
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    Brian Paul Stutzman - Internet Sexual Predator

    On March 05, 2002, Brian P. Stutzman, a 29 year old Wal-Mart Employee, used the Internet to arrange to
    meet a minor for sex. He traveled from Glendale Arizona to Phoenix for the purpose of meeting the
    minor. He was arrested and charged with attempt sexual conduct with a minor in Maricopa County
    Superior Court.  While free on bond from the original offense he again used the Internet in an attempt to
    meet a different minor for sex. He plead guilty to the original charge. Judge M. Jean Hoag sentenced
    him to six months jail, lifetime probation and sex offender registration requirements.
    Maricopa County Superior Court Case number CR2002-004661
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    Edmund Guevara Idolor - Internet Sexual Predator

    In October, 2002, 29 year old unemployed Edmund G. Idolor, a married father of five, used the Internet
    to arrange to meet a minor for sex. He then borrowed a car and drove 43 miles from Mesa, Arizona to
    Phoenix where he was arrested. Idolor plead guilty to luring a minor for sexual exploitation and
    dangerous crime against children. On March 11, 2003, Idolor was sentenced to one year in jail, lifetime
    probation, and registration as a sex offender.
    Link to Court Documents - Case # CR2002019133
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    Robert William Smith - Internet Sexual Predator

    Pursuant to a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Robert William Smith,
    age 23, was identified as intending to travel from the town of Berwick Upon Tweed in the United
    Kingdom to Phoenix, Arizona, for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor. A joint Task
    Force investigation revealed that Smith's relationship with the minor began with chat room
    conversations at an Internet game site and involved repeated e-mail correspondence over a one-year
    period. Investigators learned that Smith made a prior trip to Phoenix and had sexually victimized the
    minor at that time. On November 18, 2002, after the 5,000 mile flight, Smith was arrested at Phoenix
    Sky Harbor Airport. The Northumbria UK police assisted in the investigation. On February 14, 2003,
    Smith plead guilty to luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor.  Judge
    Hotham of the Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced Smith to one year in jail, lifetime probation,
    and registration as a sex offender. Smith is currently free. The victims family reported that he has
    attempted to contact the victim via telephone.
    Link to Court Documents - Case # CR2002019985
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    Larry D. Branum - Internet Sexual Predator

    Reverend Branum, Pastor of the God's Refuge Church, in Dewey AZ, plead guilty to luring a minor for
    sexual exploitation - via the Internet. The case originated in Phoenix Arizona. In October 2001, Branum
    was sentenced to, and served, one year in jail. He is now a registered sex offender. He is currently free.
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    Terry Wesley Alexander - Internet Sexual Predator

    On May 29, 2001, 46 year old Terry Wesley Alexander, a divorced marketing director, was arrested in
    Tempe, Arizona and charged with attempt sexual conduct with a minor. Alexander had used the Internet
    with the intent to meet a minor for sex. Her had met someone on the Internet whom he believed was a
    woman who would permit him to have sex with her two children. One of the children was named Dana,
    the other Erica. Using the screen name "Yosemite4me", Alexander had listed his hobbies as coaching,
    playing and umpiring, baseball, biking, hiking, working out and running.

    The statements below are excerpts from chat conversations Alexander had with the person whom he
    believed was the mother:

    "So is your soon to be teen daughter checking out guys yet?"
    "To many people have such closed minds, they miss a lot of fun"
    "Your girls will have more fun if they are open minded"
    "Well I think they will be bored with guys their own age, they will think they are geeks."
    "She is probably ready for a relationship dont you think?"
    "I would think she is ready and definately ready for oral"
    "Oral is so good.....could lead to more"
    "While making love to my girlfriend I think of you and Dana"
    "Can I bring Dana a birthday present?"
    "So many times I have thought about holding Danas hand, of kissing her"
    "And I want to make sure you are still open minded about Dana and Erica with an older man"
    "We could always have a great game of stip poker"
    "Nice way to be naked and not make a big deal about it"
    "Erica and Dana and I could sit together on the sofa"

    The following statements are excerpts from chat conversations Alexander had with the person whom
    he believed to be a minor child:

    "You and I could be together"
    "When we are alone, we could kiss"
    "I could rub your back for you, or rub your legs"
    "Kissing you would be so hot"
    "If you wanted we could do more than kiss"
    'Your mom wants you to be happy"
    "I could watch you change into your favorite outfits"
    "Or if you wanted you could leave the panties and bra off sometimes"
    "Being naked with you will be so nice"
    "Sex is a great feeling"
    "Maybe you will want to try it"
    "We will take our time going inside you"
    "And if Erika wants she can be there too"
    "Mom just watches"
    "If it begins to hurt, we will slow down"
    "If you want you can (expletive) it"

    Alexander was arrested after he traveled from California to Arizona for the purpose of meeting with the
    mother and children for sex. He brought playing cards and gifts with him.

    On February 13, 2002 Alexander plead guilty to one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor in
    the Maricopa County (Arizona) Superior Court of Judge Arthur T. Anderson. Judge Anderson sentenced
    Alexander to six months jail, lifetime probation, and sex offender registration.

    Read the courts decision at: http://www.courtminutes.maricopa.gov/
    enter the case number CR2001008589

    Terry Wesley Alexander is now a registered sex offender in California.
    see: http://www.nsopr.gov/
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    Christopher J. Vamvakis - Internet Sexual Predator - AZ State Prisoner 185801

    In May 2001, 45 year Christopher J. Vamvakis, a maintenance supervisor at a nuclear power plant in
    Washington, used the Internet at his local library to arrange to meet a minor for sex. He then left his wife
    and three daughters and traveled 1,200 miles via commercial aircraft to Phoenix, Arizona where he was
    arrested. On 11/02/01, he plead guilty to attempt sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced to
    one year incarceration and lifetime probation. He subsequently violated the terms of his probation and
    was returned to prison.
    Link to Court Documents - Case # CR2001009134
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    Mark Gregory Purhmann - Child Pornography - AZ State Prisoner 167951

    In January 2002, an alert Phoenix computer repairman reported seeing child pornography on a
    customers' computer. An investigation led to Mark Purhmann. Purhmann plead guilty to sexual
    exploitation of a minor (child pornography) and was sentenced to ten years in prison and lifetime sex
    offender designation.
    Link to Court Documents - Case # CR2001015490
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    Daniel Eaton Wildes - Child Pornography - AZ State Prisoner 164925

    In February 2001, an investigation led to computer technician Daniel Wildes. Wildes had stolen
    computer access from a Phoenix, Arizona cable company and trafficked in child pornography. In
    January 2002, Wildes plead guilty to several counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (child
    pornography). On 02/07/02, Wildes was sentenced to five years in Arizona State Prison. Upon release
    he will receive lifetime sex offender designation.


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