East Moriches Man to Be Arraigned Today on Charge Of Child Pornography Possession
Defendant Allegedly Took Photographs of Children in Public Settings Which He Used to Create Images of Child Pornography
Federal agents and investigators with the Suffolk County Police Department’s Computer Crimes Squad arrested an East Moriches man this morning on the charge of possessing child pornography. The defendant, Jay Lockett Sears, is scheduled to be arraigned later today before United States District Magistrate Arlene R. Lindsay at the U.S. Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, New York.1
The arrest was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (“FBI”) New York Field Office, and Edward Webber, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (“SCPD”).
According to court filings, which include an application for a search warrant of the defendant’s East Moriches apartment, Sears created hundreds of images of child pornography by taking photographs of children in public settings, and then cutting and pasting the heads of the children onto images of adult bodies engaged in sexual activity. Some images included those in which Sears allegedly pasted his own facial images onto the bodies of other males so as to appear as if he were having sexual relations with children.
Sears came to the attention of the SCPD on January 11, 2013, after the discovery of numerous bags containing hundreds of child pornography images were found in trash removed from the defendant’s apartment. The images were discarded apparently in anticipation of Sears vacating his apartment.
“As alleged, Sears victimized countless children by using their innocent images to create child pornography. He then went so far as to use his own image to virtually join in the exploited scenarios he created. The sexual exploitation of children is one of our most important law enforcement priorities. Those who seek to harm children will be arrested and prosecuted,” stated United States Attorney Lynch.
Assistant Director-in-Charge Venizelos stated, “The altering of children’s photos to create child pornography victimizes those children to provide merchandise for a depraved market. We have an obligation and a commitment to protect children from exploitation.”
“Children are our most precious and vulnerable resource,” said Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Webber. “Protecting children in our community is a high priority for our police department, and we will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies, as well as community leaders, to ensure their safety.”
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.
Parents who believe that their children may have been the victims of persons involved in child pornography should contact the Suffolk County Computer Crimes Squad at (631) 852-6279, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (631) 501-8600.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Allen Bode and Thomas Sullivan.
Name: JAY LOCKETT SEARS
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