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FINAL TWO DEFENDANTS IN U.S. CUSTODY ARRESTED IN DREAMBOARD CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION SITE CASE SENTENCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that the last two defendants in U.S. custody arrested so far in the Dreamboard child sex exploitation and child pornography site case were sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks.
                                               
Christopher Blackford, 28, of Charleston, S.C., was sentenced to 265 months in prison with a lifetime of supervised release for participating in a child exploitation operation.  According to the evidence presented at the guilty plea, Blackford joined Dreamboard Dec. 29, 2009, and placed 84 online bulletin board posts containing child pornography.

William Davis, 39, of Bristol, N.H., was sentenced to 210 months in prison with a lifetime of supervised release for his part in the Dreamboard child exploitation operation.  According to the evidence presented at his guilty plea, during his time on Dreamboard, Davis posted advertisements offering to distribute child pornography to other members of the board.

Blackford and Davis were charged in an indictment unsealed on Aug. 3, 2011.  The charges were the result of Operation Delego, an investigation launched in December 2009 that targeted individuals around the world for their participation in Dreamboard. The board was a private, members-only, online bulletin board that was created and operated to promote pedophilia and encourage the sexual abuse of very young children in an environment designed to avoid law enforcement detection.

A total of 72 individuals, including Blackford and Davis, were charged as a result of Operation Delego. To date, 57 of the 72 charged defendants have been arrested in the United States and abroad. Nine of the 57 are in the process of being extradited to the United States. Forty-seven individuals have pleaded guilty, and one was convicted after trial. The 48 individuals who have pleaded guilty or found guilty for their roles in the conspiracy have been sentenced to prison and have received sentences ranging between five years to life in prison. Three defendants have received life sentences, including the one who was convicted at trial. Fifteen of the 72 charged individuals remain at large and are known only by their online identities.  Efforts to identify and apprehend these individuals continue. Operation Delego represents the largest prosecution to date in the United States of individuals who have participated in an online bulletin board conceived and operated for the sole purpose of promoting child sexual abuse, disseminating child pornography and evading law enforcement.

“There is a lot of work to be done before most, if not all, online operations like this one can be stopped,” Finley stated. “It took the work of many agencies, both domestic and international, to find and bring these defendants to justice. I want to thank all of the prosecutors and law enforcement agencies who were involved from the beginning and those who have seen this case through until now. We hope to make more arrests in the case and bring to justice all of the individuals who perpetrate such vile schemes that endanger children.”

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 U.S. 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 as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.     

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Luke Walker of the Western District of Louisiana and Trial Attorney Keith Becker of CEOS. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance. The investigation was conducted by ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, the Child Exploitation Section of ICE’s Cyber Crime Center, CEOS, CEOS’s High Technology Investigative Unit and 35 ICE offices in the United States and 11 ICE attaches offices in 13 countries around the world, with assistance provided by numerous local and international law enforcement agencies across the United States and throughout the world.

The investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp. Tips may be reported anonymously.

The following table lists all Dreamboard defendants, pleas, convictions and sentences:

Defendant

Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Date

Charges To Which Defendant pleaded Guilty
Sentencing Details

Steven Perez,
aka PataPata

01/05/12
08/14/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child 
Pornography
235 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Matthew McKee,
aka fantom
aka fantomg

12/02/11
08/14/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
265 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Robert Sprague,
aka Jailbird

01/31/12
08/14/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
LIFE in Prison

Henry Hand,
aka dfx

02/15/12
08/14/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Robert Cuff,
aka dd0040,
aka slapalot

12/01/11
07/13/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
LIFE in Prison

Edward Oedewaldt,
aka twelvish
aka Legend

01/19/12 
08/01/12 

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
-Possession of Child Pornography
38 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Jerrold Wayne Wright,
aka TheShadow

10/17/11
08/01/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Five Years Supervised Release

David Lindsay,
aka Slipnslide

02/16/12
08/01/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
262 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Jason Simon,
aka Templar
aka Shuffle

04/12/12
08/02/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
30 Years in Prison/Five Years Supervised Release

Stephen Fairbanks,
aka Zapper
aka JMagic

04/12/12
08/02/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Timothy Stone,
aka Kitsu

04/12/12
08/02/12

-Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Scott Spiegel,
aka Zaxx
aka Zaxxter

04/13/12
08/02/12

-Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography
121 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Scott Lewandowski,
aka Prjb
aka Koan

04/13/12
08/02/12

-Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Desmond Meredith,
aka Beast

11/10/11
04/13/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
15 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Timothy Gentry, aka Johnny_5_is_@alive

02/01/11
05/10/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
25 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Larry Ridley,
aka Athf

07/14/11
10/26/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Daniel Deschenes,
aka Catman

01/12/12
05/04/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
260 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Michael Biggs,
aka tommyleejones

02/01/11
05/31/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
14 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Micheal Thompson,
aka SamSneed

05/10/11
09/13/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Charles Christian,
aka NLN

03/31/11
07/14/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
265 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Michael Childs,
aka Michy99

03/09/11
06/22/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
30 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

William Barton,
aka blackbart2010

09/13/11
01/05/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
327 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Christopher James Luke,
aka Dank0420

06/29/11
10/02/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
14 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Stephen Clinton Kinney,
aka SocratesWasAGeek

06/29/11
10/14/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
293 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Gary Schneider,
aka Mytink

05/31/11
01/12/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Richard Chandler,
aka almeda

01/15/12
04/05/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
35 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Charles Pyeatte,
aka Daddy-O

05/31/11
09/13/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
327 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Rush Frank Blankenship,
aka 14yrsmax

09/01/11
12/01/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

David Michael Whitten,
aka davie

06/29/11
10/05/11

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
35 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Jamil Lamar Mosley,
aka clubkidsforever

07/12/11
01/17/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Anthony Paul Sowders,
aka ChanChadwick

07/11/11
01/05/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
27 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Benet Schmidt,
aka Brazthumper

12/01/11
04/05/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
37 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Jeffrey J. Rodriguez,
aka HowardHughes

10/27/11
01/17/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Jonathan Mayer,
aka unclebuck81

11/10/11
07/13/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Randall Dech,
aka Rudy

10/17/11
03/23/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Shane Micah Turner,
aka korneech08

03/23/12
07/13/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Joseph Matthew Wheeler,
aka Wildman

10/27/11
04/12/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Eric Myszke-Francis,
aka Samsackk

10/04/11
01/12/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
17 ½ Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Ivan E. Cerda,
aka Mokoloko69

01/05/12
04/05/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
262 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Milton Perry,
aka Camy
aka Blondie
aka Lorwyn

12/01/11
04/12/12

-Conspiracy to Advertise the Distribution of Child
Pornography
20 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

David Ettlinger,
aka eel

08/15/12
01/08/13

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
45 Years in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Paul Fry,
aka Lofty

01/08/13
5/9/13

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/lifetime Supervised Release

Kevin Casey,
aka milkduds, urinalcake

01/16/13
5/9/13

-Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography
5 Years in Prison/5 years Supervised Release

Todd Stumpf,
aka Winkee

03/02/12
06/11/13

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
20 Years in Prison/5 years Supervised Release

William Jewell,
aka VladimirPutin

09/06/12
06/11/13

-Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography
20 Years in Prison/lifetime Supervised Release

Christopher Blackford
aka biggniche090

04/11/13
07/29/13

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
265 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

William Davis,
aka checkmate, timesink

04/11/13
07/29/13

-Conspiracy to Advertise Child Pornography
210 Months in Prison/Lifetime Supervised Release

Defendant

           

Trial Conviction
Sentencing
Date

Guilty on the Following Charges

John Wyss,
aka Bones

05/17/12
09/06/12

-Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise
-Conspiracy to Advertise Child Pornography
-Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography
LIFE in Prison

                                                                     

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