United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
August 2, 2010 PHONE: (219) 937-5603
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770
NATIONAL STRATEGY TO COMBAT CHILD EXPLOITATION
Attorney General Eric Holder Announces the Department of Justice National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction
Hammond, IN— Attorney General Eric Holder spoke today at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia, and announced a national strategy for the prevention and interdiction of child exploitation. This strategy provides the first ever comprehensive threat assessment of the dangers facing children from child pornography, internet predators and other dangers, and outlines a cooperative effort to combat these crimes.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana has been actively engaged for years in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children. In the past six months alone, twelve individuals have been sentenced collectively in the Northern District of Indiana to over 120 years in prison:
Nathaniel Worden, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was sentenced on July 29, 2010 to 420 months (35 years) imprisonment and life time supervised release for advertising child pornography. He was ordered to register as a sex offender as a condition of supervised release and to undergo a sex offender evaluation prior to his release from prison and to provide that report to Probation and the United States.
Jeffrey Taylor, of Logansport, Indiana, was sentenced in July, 2010, to 120 months imprisonment for enticement of a minor female to engage in sexual activity.
Maurice Burks, Jr., of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced in June, 2010, to 15 months imprisonment for failure to register as a sex offender.
Larry C. Wilson, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced in June, 2010, to 27 months imprisonment for failure to register as a sex offender.
Bernard Squires, of Columbia City, Indiana, was sentenced in June, 2010, to 151 months imprisonment for distribution of child pornography.
Curtis Ray Allen, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced in May, 2010, to 97 months imprisonment for receipt and production of child pornography.
Benjamin Isom, of Burnettsville, Indiana, was sentenced in May, 2010, to 60 months imprisonment for receiving child pornography.
Charles Reid, Jr., of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced in April, 2010, to 151 months imprisonment for distribution of child pornography.
Christopher Ramirez, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced in March, 2010, to 240 months imprisonment for sexual exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography.
Donald Leach, of North Manchester, Indiana, was sentenced in March, 2010, to 27 months imprisonment for failure to register as a sex offender.
David Lohman, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced in March, 2010, to 120 months imprisonment for enticement of a female minor to engage in sexual activity.
Delbert Patterson, of Steger, Illinois, was sentenced in February, 2010, to 57 months imprisonment for transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.
The United States Attorney’s Office through it’s Law Enforcement Coordination Committee is dedicated to providing an overall strategy to fight these crimes against children. The Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP) is a 2-year grant program that was awarded to the Northern District of Indiana. The Highland, Indiana Police Department (grantee and fiduciary agent) applied for this grant in concert with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U. S. Marshal’s Service, along with multiple other police agencies throughout the Northern District of Indiana. The CSPP is dedicated to insuring that sex offenders are in compliance with the terms of their probation/parole, improving information sharing between law enforcement and other service providers, managing high-risk offenders, enhancing efforts to locate, arrest and prosecuted child sex offenders, provide training to law enforcement, and community outreach.
Last month the United States Marshal’s Service, in conjunction with LaPorte County authorities, conducted a compliance check of registered sex offenders in LaPorte County. One hundred seventy-seven offenders were checked. Eight arrests were made for non-compliance. This was one of several such initiatives that the U. S. Marshal’s Service has conducted this year in conjunction with state and local officials throughout the district.
Another important component of the United States Attorney’s Office overall strategy is education. Our office is heavily involved in community outreach and law enforcement training relating to crimes against children. This year our office has presented programs to approximately 4800 students and 200 parents/school administrators. We also coordinated four events this year, training approximately 172 law enforcement officers on crimes against children. Three of the events were specialized hands-on courses related to previewing computers on scene looking for images and peer-to-peer network technology. The fourth event was an annual Keeping Our Communities Safe Conference. September will bring a Project Safe Childhood/Child Sexual Predator Combined Conference for law enforcement in Merrillville, Indiana.
United States Attorney David Capp stated, “this office has always, and will continue to prioritize its efforts in this critical area of crimes against children. We will continue to work as partners with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and all federal, state and local law enforcement, to protect all children in this district as part of the Justice Department’s important national initiative.”