United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
December 28, 2010 PHONE: (219) 937-5603
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770
FORMER CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND TEACHER SENTENCED
Hammond, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced events taking place in the District Court, Hammond, Indiana:
James Allen Ciammetti, 43, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, was sentenced by Judge James Moody to 30 years imprisonment and 20 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of a superseding indictment charging him with coercion and enticement of a minor; and count four of a superseding indictment charging him with manufacturing child pornography. As part of the plea agreement, Ciametti also relinquished the balance of his teacher’s retirement account, to be paid as restitution in this case. Ciammetti was a band teacher at George Rogers Clark Middle School in Hammond, Indiana.
“Today's sentencing should put all types of child predators on notice that serious consequences await those who sexually exploit innocent children," said Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago. "This case was particularly troubling because of Mr. Ciammetti’s position of public trust as an educator. HSI will continue to work closely with its law enforcement partners to protect our children and ensure that sexual predators feel the full weight of the law."
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Philip Benson and Jill Trumbull Harris.