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Defendant Allegedly Used Internet to Try to Meet Single Women with Children

January 2, 2008

DAVID TOSHIAKI TAKEUCHI, 38, of Vancouver, Washington was indicted by a grand jury last month in the Western District of Washington for Possession of Child Pornography. TAKEUCHI was arraigned today in Tacoma, and entered a plea of “Not Guilty.” TAKEUCHI remains in custody pending trial scheduled for February 19, 2008.

According to records filed in the case, TAKEUCHI was identified as a suspect after he subscribed to a web site that was identified as providing child pornography. The investigation dubbed “Operation Emissary,” was initiated in the New Jersey office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in late 2005. More than 260 people were arrested nationwide. Those charged had subscribed to a hard core child pornography website in late 2005 and early 2006. The arrests were made in 44 states, including Washington.

Pursuant to court order, TAKEUCHI’s Vancouver home was searched in August, 2006. Agents discovered more than 1,300 images of child pornography on the hard drive of his computer. TAKEUCHI also had images of child pornography that he had printed out. Additionally, agents determined that TAKEUCHI used web sites such as Craig’s List and Yahoo Personals to advertise himself as a single father trying to meet single mothers of young children.

Possession of Child Pornography is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mike Dion.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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