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LIVINGSTON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR
PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2011

Marcus Wilson, 52, of Livingston County, Michigan, was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison after having pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to court records, Wilson posed two minor boys, naked, in front of his webcam and broadcasted the images to individuals around the country through Skype. Defendant was discovered after an international child exploitation investigation led to a man in Texas with whom Wilson was Skyping. When Wilson was arrested, he was wearing only his underwear and was on Skype with four live video chats on his screen. Messages between the individuals online and Wilson suggested that Wilson was about to put the minor boys, naked, in front of his webcam. A subsequent search of Wilson's computer revealed that Wilson primarily shared images of the minor boys with the man in Texas who would Skype naked images of another minor boy in return. Wilson also admitted to sexually abusing a minor boy at home and on a business trip to Chicago.

"Today's technology enables predators to exploit children with ease, but it also enables investigators to apprehend them," McQuade said.

“While this sentence cannot restore the lost innocense of the children who were victimized, it should serve as a warning to those who engage in this type of depraved behavior, said Special Agent in Charge Moskowitz. “HSI and our partners will be relentless in our pursuit of predators like these.”

Wilson was arrested in December of 2010 by agents of Homeland Security Investigations who led the investigation. McQuade praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations whose dedication and skill led to the identification and arrest of Wilson within 24 hours of receiving the information from Texas.

Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Roth and Hala Jarbou prosecuted the case for the United States.

 

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