DUBAI MAN SENTENCED TO 312 MONTHS FOR SEXUAL
EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
Babar Majid Chaudhry, 34 of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was sentenced on January 31, 2011 by U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Duggan in the Eastern District of Michigan to 26 years in prison for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Chaudhry was ordered to be on supervised release for five years following his release from prison.
On September 20, 2010, Chaudhry pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children, one count of unlawful computer intrusion and transmission of a computer program with intent to cause damage, and one count of an interstate transmission of a threat to damage a computer.
The following facts were discussed with the court at the time of the guilty plea and during sentencing elocution:
In 2005, Babar CHAUDHRY, a native of Pakistan who had been raised in Dubai, developed an on-line e-mail relationship with Scott Hopper, an individual in Kentucky. The two men discussed CHAUDHRY's interest in pornographic video and pictures of teen-aged girls, and traded child pornography via e-mail. Hopper would provide CHAUDHRY with pornographic videos and images of girls aged 14 - 16 years old, and in return CHAUDHRY provided him with computer piracy software. The software included various programs that could be used to obtain certain levels of access to targeted computers.
CHAUDHRY targeted girls and women aged 14-20 on sites such as My Space, AOL Instant Messaging and hotmail.com, using instant messaging programs to converse online with them. In some cases, he would cause the victims to unwittingly accept a message that contained a piracy software program. Once accepted, the piracy software would install itself on the victims' computers. As a result, CHAUDHRY then had access to the infected computer, allowing him to obtain files and images on the victims' computers.
After demonstrating to the victims that he had remote access to their computers, CHAUDHRY would use the information found on the victims' computers to blackmail them into providing him with sexually explicit photographs. For example, CHAUDHRY would threaten to steal a digital photo of the victim from her computer, "morph" or super-impose her head onto a photograph of a naked body, and then send the image to all of the victim's on-line friends and classmates. In other instances, CHAUDHRY threatened to destroy the credit of the victims' parents, as he was able to obtain credit information or credit card numbers from the targeted computers.
CHAUDHRY told the victims that he would not follow through on his threat if they would photograph themselves naked, pose before a web-cam, or take and send him sexually explicit images of themselves. CHAUDHRY would provide explicit directions as to how the victims should pose in the images he demanded. In some circumstances, CHAUDHRY would repeat the threats until the victims acquiesced to his demands. In many cases, once CHAUDHRY obtained images from the victims, his demands would escalate.
In August 2006, CHAUDHRY had been extorting images from a fifteen-year-old girl in Michigan. He advised her that he would be visiting family in Indiana, and that he intended to come to the Detroit area to have sex with her. At that point, the girl told her parents what was happening, and they contacted the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. CHAUDHRY was arrested by members of the Sheriff's Department in Indiana.
Evidence obtained at the arrest and following further investigation revealed that Chaudhry had victimized over 20 individuals, at least thirteen of whom were minors, from across the country. United States Attorney Barbara McQuade said, " "Mr. CHAUDHRY'S activities demonstrate how the global reach of the internet can be used as a tool for child exploitation from halfway around the word. It is our belief that these just sentences can and should provide the deterrence to others who would consider engaging in such conduct. The United States Attorney's Office will do its part to keep the internet from serving as a haven for those who exploit children."
McQuade praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office who worked together to investigate the case and identify as many victims as possible. Of particular note was the work of Sgt. Joe Brian and Detective Jerry Derosia from the Sheriffs Department and Special Agent Karl Haws who worked tirelessly to evaluate computer evidence and identify screen name holders and the true identity of the girls who had fallen prey to the intrusion and threats.
"These two agencies, long-time members of the Project Safe Childhood initiative in Michigan demonstrate the benefits and the remarkable results of a cooperative state and federal effort" said McQuade.
The United States Attorney's Office in Michigan was assisted by the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. with the prosecution and global resolution of criminal conduct in 20 federal jurisdictions.
Assistant United States Attorney John O'Brien of Detroit and CEOS Assistant Deputy Chief Alexandra Gelber prosecuted the case for the United States.