PENNSYLVANIA MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS ON CHILD EXPLOITATION CHARGES
BOSTON, MA - A Pennsylvania man was sentenced today in federal court for Sexual Exploitation of Children and Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division and Chief David J. LaBrie of the South Hadley Police Department, announced today that JONATHAN GREEN, 28, of Reading, PA, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 15 years imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. GREEN pled guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children and one count of Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct on December 29, 2009.
At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that during the summer of 2007, GREEN met a 12 year old South Hadley boy over the internet and then persuaded the boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a pornographic video. As part of GREEN’s effort to persuade and direct the boy, he produced and sent a pornographic video of himself to show the particular behavior he wanted the boy to replicate in a video. At GREEN’s behest, the boy engaged in the conduct, produced the video, and sent the video to the GREEN. On August 22, 2007, and shortly after receiving the pornographic video from the boy, the GREEN traveled from Reading, Pennsylvania to South Hadley, Mass. with the intent to have sex with the boy. GREEN arrived at the boy’s home in the middle of the night and took steps to avoid detection by the boy’s parents. GREEN and the boy spent several hours together outdoors, without GREEN following through on his plans, before a neighbor called the police to report an unknown vehicle with out of state plates parked on the street.
At the sentencing hearing, Assistant United States Attorney Alex J. Grant told the Court that the consequences might have been worse for the victim had it not been for vigilance of a neighbor who called the police and for the quick investigation done by the South Hadley Police Department, on what initially was a report of an unknown vehicle with out-of-state plates parked on the street. Grant noted to the Court that this was an example of a strong community--neighbors and police--working together to keep children safe.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Hadley Police Department and it was an excellent example of federal and local law enforcement officers working together to produce an outcome that made the community safer. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Unit.