Judge: Sex Crimes by Children Are Starting with Smartphone Porn

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Sexual abuse perpetrated against a child is a deplorable reality of living in a sin-stricken world. The psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical damage of the abuse remains long after molestation has ended. The Bible speaks vehemently against hurting children and against sexual sins and perversions of all kinds. It also offers hope for healing and forgiveness.

Why does child sexual abuse happen?

The short answer to “why” abuse happens is that we live in a world marred by sin. Often, those who molest children have themselves been molested. They may have been hurt in some other way as well and choose to victimize children in an attempt to regain a sense of power or worthiness. Many times, sexual abuse is a misguided attempt to find intimacy. Whatever the emotional, familial, or psychological history of the molester, sexual abuse is evil.

ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

TechDirt is reporting that the ACLU has stepped in on behalf of several teens facing the threat of child pornography charges in Pennsylvania for sharing nude pics of themselves. Unfortunately for a girl in New Jersey, she is facing much more than just a threat, as she was arrested yesterday for posting almost 30 explicit pictures of herself on MySpace for her boyfriend to see.“…the ACLU has sued the prosecutor on the girls’ behalf, saying he shouldn’t have threatened them with baseless charges — which haven’t yet been filed — if they wouldn’t agree to probation and a counseling program. The prosecutor says he was being ‘proactive’ in offering them a choice, but the ACLU says he shouldn’t be using ‘heavy artillery’ to make the threats. As its attorney points out, teaching kids that this sort of behavior can bring all sorts of unwanted and unforeseen ramifications is a good idea, but threatening them with child-porn charges isn’t the best way to do it.”

An image of an adult male sexually assaulting a sleeping 8-year-old girl was posted on an internet message board on a Tuesday in mid-November. Within a week, it had nearly 19,000 views.

That amount of attention for one image would have been unthinkable to law enforcement just a year ago, but authorities say it is now the norm for the seedy corners of the internet known as the darknet, where access to child pornography is growing at an astonishing pace.

Niche perversion sites attract hundreds of thousands of viewers. One dedicated to sexual abuse of infants and toddlers counted 155,000 members as of mid-November.

Authorities say the internet gives pedophiles what they want: anonymity and easy access.

A High Court judge has told of his ‘great concern’ about the number of cases of young children committing serious offenses as a result of pornography on smartphones.

Judge Michael White made his comments while dealing with a case involving a boy who sexually exploited his two younger cousins.

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He noted it was the fourth case he had dealt with ‘where young children have committed the most serious offenses… where the start was exposure to pornography on smartphones’. The boy’s lawyer told the Central Criminal Court his client, now aged 17, had access to porn from a very young age.

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Judge Michael White made his comments while dealing with a case involving a boy who sexually exploited his two younger cousins. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins

The boy, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, told gardaí he became obsessed with sex, the court heard. It also heard that he and his cousin, who is just over a year younger than him, began to engage in non-penetrative sexual contact when she was aged around nine and ten. This continued from 2011 up to 2016, the court heard.

Shane Costelloe SC, prosecuting, said there was no suggestion of any force or coercion used in this behavior. The boy pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child on dates in 2015 in Galway.

The court heard in early 2016 that the girl told him she wanted the sexual contact to stop and that he sent her text messages saying he had pictures and video recordings of their previous sexual contact. He told her he would disseminate these to her friends and others online if she didn’t continue to have sex, the court heard. After the offending came to light, the girl told gardaí she had sex with the boy again because she was afraid of this threat.

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The High Court judge told of his ‘great concern’ about the number of cases of young children committing serious offences as a result of pornography on smartphones. Pic: Getty Images

After his arrest, the boy told gardaí he had blackmailed her. He later pleaded guilty to anal rape of the girl in her bedroom on dates in January 2016.

The boy told gardaí that he had similar sex with a male cousin, who is four months younger than him, up to ten times and that these were consensual, the court heard.

The court heard there was no coercion and that ‘at all times [the male cousin] was a consenting participant insofar as any child could consent’.

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The boy’s lawyer told the Central Criminal Court his client, now aged 17, had access to porn from a very young age. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins

The boy pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child by inviting the child to take part in sexual activity on dates in 2015. Neither of the complainants completed a victim impact statement.

Judge White adjourned the case to later this month for sentencing. He said this was the fourth case he has dealt with himself ‘where young children have committed the most serious offenses… where the start was exposure to pornography on smartphones’. ‘It is very serious and a matter of great concern,’ he said. He said the offending the court is seeing ‘goes way beyond consensual sexual experimentation’.

Patrick Gageby SC, defending, read out a letter of apology written by his client in which the boy said he regretted everything and wished he could take it back.

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The court heard the boy, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, told gardai he became obsessed with sex. Pic: Shutterstock

‘I wish to apologize to my cousins and their families for all the wrong I’ve done. I’m very sorry to my family for all I’ve done and put them through,’ he wrote.

‘I’ve learned from my mistakes and I promise never to do it again.’ Counsel asked the court to consider an assessment from the Probation Service which stated the boy had demonstrated insight and empathy around his offending and was ‘now much the wiser about issues of consent’.

He said his client, his cousins, and the entire wider family were all decent hard-working people.

The offending came to light when the girl’s mother discovered material on her daughter’s mobile phone. Source

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It’s unthinkable, but every year, thousands of children become victims of crimes—whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse, or online predators. The mission of the Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program is to:

  • Provide a rapid, proactive, and comprehensive ability to counter all threats of abuse and exploitation to children when those crimes fall under the authority of the FBI;
  • Identify, locate, and recover child victims; and
  • Strengthen relationships between the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement partners to identify, prioritize, investigate, and deter individuals and criminal networks exploiting children.

Investigative Priorities

  • Child abductions—child abductions, including domestic and international parental kidnapping
  • Child sexual exploitation enterprises—domestic child sex trafficking organizations; online networks and enterprises manufacturing, trading, distributing, and/or selling child pornography
  • Contact offenses against children—domestic travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity with children; child sex tourism (international travel to engage in sexual activity with children); production of child pornography, including “sextortion” involving children who are extorted into producing child pornography; and coercion/enticement of a minor
  • Trafficking of child pornography—distribution of child pornography; possession of child pornography

Other crimes against children—all other crimes against children violations within the FBI’s jurisdiction are investigated in accordance with available resources

Investigations 

Child Sexual Exploitation Investigations

Child sexual exploitation investigations—many of them undercover—are conducted in FBI field offices by Child Exploitation Task Forces (CETFs), which combine the resources of the FBI with those of other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices has worked investigations developed by the VCAC program, and many of our Legal Attaché offices have coordinated with appropriate foreign law enforcement partners on international investigations. Several of these investigations are also worked in coordination with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces, which are funded by the Department of Justice. Furthermore, training is provided to all law enforcement involved in these investigations, including federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies.

Parental Child Abductions

The FBI investigates matters when a parent abducts his or her own child and flees for parts unknown, often overseas. Our field offices across the country serve as the primary points of contact for those seeking help. To request assistance or learn more about our services, please contact a member of the CETF at your local FBI office.

Two federal criminal investigative options and one non-criminal or civil method may be pursued when a child is abducted by a parent and taken over state lines or outside the U.S.:

  • The International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (IPKCA) of 1993: A criminal arrest warrant can be issued for a parent who takes a juvenile under 16 outside of the U.S. without the other custodial parent’s permission.
  • Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP)—Parental Kidnapping: When criminal charges are filed by a state that requests our help, a criminal arrest warrant can be issued for an abducting parent who flees across state lines or internationally. See below for more details.
  • The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: In nations that have signed the Hague Convention, there is a civil process that facilitates the return of abducted children under 16 to their home countries. See below for more details.

The criminal processes enable the arrest of the abducting parent but do not specifically order the return of the child, although the child is usually returned when the parent is apprehended. The civil process, on the other hand, facilitates the return of the child but in no way seeks the arrest or return of the abductor. As a result, a criminal process would not be pursued if circumstances indicate it will jeopardize an active Hague Convention civil process.

Based on these considerations, we pursue criminal action in international parental kidnappings on a case-by-case basis. We take into account all the factors and guidance among the impacted state and federal law enforcement agencies, state and/or federal prosecutors, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the left-behind parent.

It’s important to understand that the FBI has no investigative jurisdiction outside the U.S., except on the high seas and other locations specifically granted by Congress. We work through our existing partnerships with international authorities through the U.S. Department of State, our Legal Attaché program, and Interpol.

If you are a left-behind parent, please see the Department of Justice’s International Parental Kidnapping webpage for more information.

Our authority in parental kidnapping cases stems from the Fugitive Felon Act. Although this statute most commonly applies to fugitives who flee interstate and/or internationally, Congress has specifically declared that the statute is also applicable in cases involving interstate or international parental kidnapping. Because many fugitives flee with their own children, the statute serves as an effective means for the FBI to help local and state law enforcement arrest these fugitives. In order for the FBI to assist with a UFAP arrest warrant, the following criteria must be met:

  • There must be probable cause to believe the abducting parent has fled interstate or internationally to avoid prosecution or confinement.
  • State authorities must have an outstanding warrant for the abductor’s arrest charging him/her with a felony under the laws of the state from which the fugitive flees.
  • State authorities must agree to extradite and prosecute that fugitive from anywhere in the U.S. if the subject is apprehended by the FBI.
  • The local prosecuting attorney or police agency should make a written request for FBI assistance.
  • The U.S. Attorney must authorize the filing of a complaint, and the federal arrest process must be outstanding before the investigation is instituted.

More on the Hague Convention

To assist with the recovery of children abducted internationally, the U.S. implemented federal legislation under the International Child Abduction Remedies Act by signing the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in 1988. The Hague Convention is an agreement among its signatories that states:

—A child under 16 years of age who is habitually resident in a country party to the Hague Convention, and who is removed to or retained in another country party to the Convention in breach of the left-behind parent’s custody rights, shall be promptly returned to the country of habitual residence.

Signatory countries of the treaty are obligated, with certain limited exceptions and conditions, to return an internationally abducted child under 16 to the country from which they habitually reside if an application to the Hague Convention is made within one year from the date of the wrongful abduction. The Hague Convention only applies to abductions between countries who have signed the treaty.

Each signatory country has designated a Central Authority to carry out specialized duties under the Convention. The U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, has been designated as the Central Authority under the Hague Convention for the United States. Questions concerning the Hague Convention should be addressed to:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues
CA/OCS/CI

SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Phone: (888) 407-4747; (202) 501-4444
Fax: (202) 736-9132
E-Mail: AskCI@state.gov
Web Address: travel.state.gov/content/childabduction/en.html

For more information about our current parental abduction cases and to help us find these children, visit our Wanted by the FBI Parental Kidnapping page.

Non-Family Child Abductions

In 1932, Congress gave the FBI jurisdiction under the “Lindbergh Law” to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child of “tender age”—usually 12 or younger. Before we get involved, there does not have to be a ransom demand, and the child does not have to cross state lines or be missing for 24 hours.

Child abductions by strangers are often complex and high-profile cases, and time is of the essence. FBI CARD teams are deployed soon after an abduction has been reported to a local FBI field office, to FBI Headquarters, or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or in other cases when the FBI determines an investigation is warranted.

Child Abductions—No Ransom

Our field offices respond to cases involving the mysterious disappearance of a child. All reports of circumstances indicating that a minor has or possibly has been abducted are afforded an immediate preliminary inquiry.

In this initial inquiry, we evaluate all evidence, circumstances, and information to determine if an investigation is warranted under federal law. If a case is warranted, we will immediately open an investigation in partnership with state and local authorities.

Child Sexual Exploitation

These kinds of investigations—many of them undercover—are conducted in FBI field offices by CETFs, which combine the resources of the FBI with those of other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices has worked investigations developed by the VCAC program, and many of our legal attaché offices have coordinated with appropriate foreign law enforcement partners on international investigations.

Several of these investigations are also worked in coordination with ICAC Task Forces, which are funded by the Department of Justice. And training is provided to all law enforcement involved in these investigations, including federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies.

Child Sex Tourism

The FBI, in conjunction with domestic and international law enforcement partners, investigates U.S. citizens and permanent residents who travel overseas to engage in illegal sexual conduct with children under the age of 18. These crimes are exacerbated by the relative ease of international travel and the Internet is a platform for individuals exchanging information about how and where to find child victims in foreign locations.

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Initiatives 

Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team

It is the mission of the FBI’s VCAC program to provide a quick and effective response to all incidents of crimes against children. The first few hours after a child is abducted are critical, and that is why we established Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Teams in October 2005.

CARD Teams are comprised of experienced personnel with a proven track record in violent crimes against children investigations, especially cases where a child has been abducted by someone other than a family member. Team members provide on-the-ground investigative, technical, and resource assistance to state and local law enforcement. The teams work closely with FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit representatives, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime coordinators, and CETF members.

In addition to their unique expertise, CARD Teams are capable of quickly establishing an on-site command post to centralize investigative efforts and operations. Other assets they bring to the table include a new mapping tool to identify and locate registered sex offenders in the area, national and international lead coverage, and the Child Abduction Response Plan to guide investigative efforts.

Endangered Child Alert Program

In 2004, the FBI began its Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) as a proactive approach to identifying unknown individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children and the production of child pornography. A collaborative effort between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), ECAP seeks national and international exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does).

View current ECAP images.

Innocence Lost National Initiative

In June 2003, the FBI, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and NCMEC, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative (ILNI). This combined effort was aimed at addressing the growing problem of domestic sex trafficking of children in the United States. In the years since its inception, the ILNI has expanded to 80 dedicated CETFs. These task forces, with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance, have worked successfully to rescue more thousands of children.

Partnership with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

FBI personnel assigned to the NCMEC review information that is provided to NCMEC’s CyberTipline. The tip line receives reports of child sexual exploitation incidents via an online form. The NCMEC also maintains a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST, and a website at www.missingkids.com.

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FBI employees assigned to the NCMEC work to identify individuals suspected of any of the following: possession, manufacture and/or distribution of child pornography; online enticement of children for sexual acts; child sexual tourism; and/or other sexual exploitation of children. Once a potential suspect has been identified, investigators compile information and forward it to the appropriate FBI field office for investigation.

Violent Crimes against Children International Task Force

The Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force (VCACITF) is a select cadre of international law enforcement experts working together to formulate and deliver a dynamic global response to online child exploitation through strategic partnerships, the aggressive engagement of relevant law enforcement, and the extensive use of liaison, operational support, and coordination. 

The VCACITF (formerly known as the Innocent Images International Task Force) became operational in 2004 and serves as the largest task force of its kind in the world, comprised of 53 online child sexual exploitation investigators from almost 40 countries. A five-week training session for newly invited task force officers brings them to the U.S. to work side-by-side with FBI agents in the Violent Crimes Against Children program. The VCACITF also conducts an annual case coordination meeting where task force members come together in a central location to share best practices and coordinate transnational investigations between members.

FBI Child ID App 

When a child goes missing, every minute counts. That’s why we created the FBI Child ID App. The free app allows parents to store updated photos and physical description about their child and transmit that information to authorities if their child is ever missing. (The information is stored only on the user’s mobile device and is only transmitted if the user sends it.)

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Protect Your Children  

Visit the About Protecting Your Kids webpage for details on protecting your kids from dangers and risks.

Most Wanted and Missing Persons 

Help us locate missing children and fugitives who are wanted for harming or kidnapping children. 

Violent Crimes Against Children News 

Read press releases and other news relating to FBI investigations into violent crimes against children and other initiatives.

External Resources 

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StevieRay Hansen
Editor, HNewsWire.com
Conservative Christian World News

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28.)

John Wesley who said that what we tolerate in our generation, will be embraced by the next. Wesley is 100% correct! We are living in sick times.

Usually, the Lord doth no great thing for or against his people, without giving warning of it before it comes.

They perverted justice among themselves (v. 7): “You turn judgment to wormwood, that is, you make your administrations of justice bitter and nauseous, and highly displeasing both to God and man.’’ That fruit has become a weed, a weed in the garden; as nothing is more venerable, nothing more valuable, than justice duly administered, so nothing is more hurtful, nothing more abominable, than designedly doing wrong under color and pretense of doing right. Corruptio optimi est pessima —The best, when corrupted, becomes the worst.

It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.

2 Corinthians 4:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

“Pedophile” has reverberated throughout America. But beneath our anger and revulsion, a fundamental question pulsates: Are those who abuse their positions of trust to prey upon children—a category certainly not limited to those in religious orders—sick … or are they evil? We need the answer to that fundamental question. Because, without the truth, we cannot act. And until we act, nothing will change.

My job is protecting children. It has taken me from big cities to rural outposts, from ghettos to penthouses, and from courtrooms, into demonic battlefields. But whatever the venue, the truth remains constant: Some humans intentionally hurt children. They commit unspeakable acts—for their pleasure, their profit, or both.

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