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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013

Carson City Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

           RENO, Nev. – A Carson City, Nev. man has been arrested on child pornography charges for secretly videotaping female victims in the bathrooms of his residence, and is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge this afternoon, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
           
            Marcus Gabriel Henderson, 33, was arrested by Special Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) yesterday, July 31, 2013, at his residence in Carson City.  Henderson is charged in a criminal complaint with production and attempted production of child pornography, and will have an initial court hearing at 3:00 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. McQuaid, Jr.  If convicted, Henderson faces 15 to 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

            According to the criminal complaint, ICE-HSI agents executed a federal search warrant at Henderson’s residence on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in connection to an ongoing child pornography investigation.   Inside a bathroom allegedly used by Henderson, the agents found a covert video recording device and digital media card hidden within an AC adaptor box.  Examination of the media card revealed that it contained approximately 277 video clips that appeared to have been taken in the toilet and shower areas of one or more bathrooms.  The camera had been positioned to capture nude images of two different female victims, one of whom was 13 years old at the time. The complaint alleges that the purpose of the videos was to create a sexual response for the viewer of the videos.  

The case is being investigated by ICE-HSI and the Northern Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carla B. Higginbotham. 

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal,state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually
exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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