Daycare Rapist Caught Through Child Pornography Investigation

Child pornography investigations rescue children from rapists every day in the US, and prevent thousands of future sexual assaults. By working together, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), through its reporting arm, the Cybertipline, and the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces work to triage the overwhelming number of leads they receive.  Right now, due to lack of resources, ICAC teams can investigate less than 1% of known predators.

Here’s just one example of how they work to save our children from a pandemic of heinous abuse.

On February 19, 2008, the CyberTipline received a report from a citizen who reported receiving a sexually explicit image of a child on his cell phone. An Exploited Children Services analyst immediately contacted the reporting person to gather additional information. The reporting person explained that the suspect obtained his cell phone number from a profile on an adult dating website and started sending him text messages. The conversation was innocent until the suspect sent him the reported image. The suspect then told the reporting person that it was a picture of him and his eight-year-old neighbor. Alarmed, the reporting person abruptly terminated contact with the suspect and reported the incident to the CyberTipline.

The analyst conducted searches on the suspect’s cell phone number and developed a location in Missouri. She quickly reached out to the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, an OJJDP-funded program, provided them with the report, and notified them that the reporting person had the image and text messages from the suspect saved and was eager to forward them to law enforcement. The ICAC contacted the Saint Louis County Police Department, where investigators successfully identified the suspect as a 21-year-old male from Florissant Park, Missouri. The suspect, who has no prior criminal history, worked as a kitchen helper at one of the largest day care centers in the area. There are approximately 450 children at the day care center, ranging in age from three months to 13 years old. Prior to his arrest, the suspect lived with his mother and two younger brothers. It is unknown at this time if the suspect had any sexual contact with his brothers.

The suspect has admitted to victimizing several children in his neighborhood, as well as to photographing them. So far, investigators have spoken with four identified victims from the suspect’s neighborhood and have been working non-stop, combing through videos and photos on the suspect’s three computers, in an attempt to identify additional children. They expect more victims will be located as the case unfolds. The investigation into any possible victims at the day care center also continues.

The suspect was arrested on March 5, 2008 on nine counts of Felony Statutory Sodomy. He is currently in jail and is facing up to 30 years imprisonment for the sodomy charges. Law enforcement expects additional charges to be added. If the suspect is ultimately convicted of manufacturing child pornography, the minimum sentence will be 15 years in prison.

Aug, 26, 2008

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