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CHICAGO MAN CHARGED WITH TRANSPORTING MINOR WITH INTENT TO ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY

April 1, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Chicago man was charged today in federal court with Transportation Of A Minor With Intent To Engage In Criminal Sexual Activity, Travel With Intent To Engage In Illicit Sexual Conduct With A Minor, Use Of A Facility Of Interstate Commerce To Entice A Minor To Engage In Criminal Sexual Activity, Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor and Possessing Material Involving The Sexual Exploitation Of Minors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz ; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; Chief Scott P. Livingstone of the Amherst Police Department; Chief Dennis J. Hukowicz of the Hadley Police Department; Chief John Suchocki of the Windsor Locks, CT Police Department; Chief Michael Marron of the Glendale Heights, Illinois Police Department; Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago, Illinois Police Department; and Deryl Loar, Sheriff of the Indian River County, Florida Sheriff's Department announced today that MANI M. BATCHU, age 29, of Chicago, IL was charged in an Indictment with one count of Transportation Of A Minor With Intent To Engage In Criminal Sexual Activity; three counts of Travel With Intent To Engage In Illicit Sexual Conduct With A Minor; one count of Use Of A Facility Of Interstate Commerce To Entice A Minor To Engage In Criminal Sexual Activity; two counts of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor; and one count of Possessing Material Involving The Sexual Exploitation Of Minors.

The Indictment alleges that on May 1, 2009, BATCHU knowingly transported a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor engage in criminal sexual activity. The Indictment also alleges that on three separate occasions - May 1, 2009, May 23, 2009, and August 3, 2009 - BATCHU knowingly traveled in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. It is alleged that between October 1, 2008 and August 3, 2009, BATCHU used a facility of interstate commerce to knowingly entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. The Indictment also alleges that two times - first between October 1, 2008 and June 9, 2009 and again on July 18, 2009, BATCHU, induced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and transmitting a visual depiction of that conduct in interstate commerce. Lastly, the Indictment alleges that on August 3, 2009, BATCHU knowingly possessed a computer and computer media that contained visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted on these charges, BATCHU faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a maximum sentence of thirty years for each of the sexual exploitation of a minor charges, a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison for the transportation and enticement charges, a maximum sentence of thirty years in prison on the travel charges, and a maximum sentence of ten years in prison on the possession charges, with each prison term to be followed by a mandatory minimum of 5 years and a maximum lifetime of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Amherst Police Department, the Hadley Police Department, the Windsor Locks, Connecticut Police Department, the Glendale Heights, Illinois Police Department, the Chicago, Illinois Police Department and the Indian River County, Florida Sheriff's Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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