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Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography Defendant Faces Mandatory-minimum 15 Years' Imprisonment

May 10, 2006

ROBERT CARL OLSEN, a previously convicted sex offender, pleaded guilty this morning to receiving child pornography by computer. The proceeding was held before United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein at the U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. As a result of his prior conviction, OLSEN now faces an enhanced federal sentence – a mandatory-minimum 15 years’ imprisonment, and a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. In addition, he has agreed to forfeit to the United States the sum of $80,000, representing part of the equity in one of his residences where he received and possessed the child pornography.

The guilty plea was announced by Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Martin D. Ficke, Special Agent-in-Charge, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), New York.

OLSEN, a former environmental consultant, admitted during the plea proceedings that between June 26, 2003 and August 11, 2003, he had accessed and downloaded images and videos from child pornography websites onto personal computers at his residence and business. Computer equipment belonging to OLSEN was seized from those locations by ICE agents on April 2, 2004. A subsequent computer forensics analysis revealed that OLSEN possessed more than 10,000 pornographic images and videos of children, including child pornography involving infants and the sadomasochistic abuse of children. OLSEN was arrested on May 27, 2004, and is currently incarcerated. OLSEN was previously convicted in 1982 of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree in Suffolk County Court, for sexual abuse involving a child who was under eleven years of age.

OLSEN’s arrest was an offshoot of a related ICE investigation into the sources of money supporting child pornography websites. That investigation revealed that REGPAY, a now-defunct credit card processing company that had an office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was involved with a number of credit card transactions for websites that host child pornography. On February 4, 2003, a search warrant was executed at REGPAY’s office, as well as at its server in Tampa, Florida. Analysis of the seized records disclosed that a credit card belonging to OLSEN was used to obtain membership in a child pornography website.

OLSEN’s conviction today is the product of “Operation Predator,” a law enforcement initiative to protect children from pornographers, child prostitution rings, Internet predators, alien smugglers, and human traffickers. ICE’s partners in this initiative include investigators and agents of the New York State Police, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. ICE maintains a toll-free number for the public to provide leads to its enforcement team, including tips concerning child pornography and child sex offenders. The toll-free number (1-866-DHS-2-ICE) is monitored 24 hours a day by officers at the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center.

“Child pornography consumers should be on notice that we will devote all available resources to bring to justice those who put at risk the welfare of our children,” stated United States Attorney Mauskopf. Ms. Mauskopf extended her appreciation to ICE and the participating local law enforcement agencies for their assistance in the case.

ICE Special Agent-in-Charge Ficke stated, “Child pornography that depicts infants and sadomasochistic abuse of children is clearly not acceptable in our society. This case shows that predators who exploit children in the most horrible of ways forfeit their right to freedom. ICE has made more than 7,800 arrests since 2003, making “Operation Predator” one of the most successful law enforcement programs ever targeting those who target children.”

 The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Allen L. Bode and Richard T. Lunger.

The Defendant:

Name: ROBERT CARL OLSEN, also known as “Rcolsen,” “Bigbuda” and “Bfossil1,”
DOB: 10/28/43

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