British Man Sentenced to 85 Years in Prison for Trafficking Child Pornography
A citizen of the United Kingdom was sentenced today to 85 years in prison for his part in a child pornography trafficking conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler of the Southern District of Indiana.
Domminich Shaw, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence of the Southern District of Indiana, who ordered that he also serve a lifetime term of supervised release. Shaw pleaded guilty on Oct. 22, 2015, to 26 counts, including conspiracy to advertise child pornography and conspiracy to receive and distribute child pornography. He was indicted by a grand jury in Indianapolis on Feb. 23, 2011, and was extradited from the United Kingdom on Dec. 20, 2014.
In 2005, Shaw was convicted in the U.K. of “indecent assault” on four different females under the age of 13.
According to plea documents, Shaw created and administered a website that contained child pornography involving infants and toddlers. This website allowed Shaw and other co-conspirators to distribute and advertise to each other images and videos, and send one another related messages, so that the child pornography would be shared with other members. Shaw participated on the website under aliases, including “Nepi” and several variations of that word. The word “nepi” is associated with nepiophilia, the sexual attraction to babies, toddlers and very young children.
This case is part of Operation Bulldog, in which nine individuals have been convicted in the Southern District of Indiana.
The FBI’s Indianapolis Division and London’s Metropolitan Police Service investigated the case. Trial Attorney Austin M. Berry of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Senior Litigation Counsel Steven DeBrota of the Southern District of Indiana prosecuted the case. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance in this matter.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.