EIGHT INDIVIDUALS INDICTED FOR CRIMES INVOLVING THE SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION OF CHILDREN
Today, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that a Federal Grand Jury handed down indictments charging the following eight (8) individuals with crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children:
DANIEL NOLAN DEVOR, age 39, of Brunswick, Georgia;
JOHN C. FOSTER, age 44, of Tipp City, Ohio;
AUNG GAW, a/k/a Michael Gaw, age 25, of Fremont, California;
SEAN JABBAR, age 32, of Minneapolis, Minnesota;
CHRISTOPHER JAMIESON, age 30, of Douglasville, Georgia;
ANDREW J. KORPAL, age 29, of Granger, Indiana;
NICHOLAS SAINE, age 27, of Seattle, Washington; and
STANLEY ZDON, III, age 27, of Tuckerton, New Jersey.
DEVOR and FOSTER were charged with Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography which each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years and a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years. GAW, JABBAR, JAMIESON, KORPAL, SAINE, and ZDON were charged with Receipt of Child Pornography which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years and a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years. In addition, each defendant will be placed on a term of supervised release after imprisonment for a minimum of five (5) years up to life. If convicted, each defendant will have to register as a sex offender.
“These indictments represent a strong coordinated strike – by Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and several U. S. Attorney’s Offices around the country – against child pornography and those who allegedly seek to harm our most vulnerable citizens, our young children,” stated U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.
“Child sexual predators cause significant harm to our society by inflicting horrific abuse on innocent children,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. "Predators do all they can to hide their online actions, but these arrests show that in even the darkest corners of the Internet, HSI and its law enforcement partners will investigate and seek prosecution wherever these criminals may be found.” Parmer oversees a five-state region including Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
“Postal Inspectors investigate a wide variety of crime in our mission to protect the integrity of the U.S. Mail, but sexual exploitation of children is particularly heinous,” said U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Robert Wemyss. “When these predators use a combination of mail and the Internet, we appreciate partnering with other law enforcement partners such as HSI to ensure no aspect of their crimes escape justice.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Strike Force Chief and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.
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