ACTON MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BOSTON, Mass. - An Acton man was indicted today in federal court on child pornography charges.
CHRIS ALLEN OAKE, 59, of Acton and recently of Lowell, was charged in an indictment with one count of transportation of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
The indictment alleges that on November 9, 2007, OAKE knowingly transported depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, received additional child pornography on August 7 and August 13, 2007, and possessed child pornography on April 28, 2010.
The charges against OAKE were a result of “Operation Nest Egg,” an ongoing and joint investigation led by the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Operation Nest Egg, launched in 2008, targeted approximately 500 individuals located throughout the world for their involvement in an online group dedicated to trading images of child pornography.
OAKE is held in custody pending a detention hearing set for March 30, 2011.
If convicted on these charges, OAKE faces up to 20 years imprisonment for each count of transportation and receipt of child pornography and up to 10 years imprisonment on possession of child pornography, to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations, CEOS’s High Technology Investigative Unit, the Massachusetts State Police and the Acton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and Trial Attorney Bonnie Kane of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.
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.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.