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Indictment Charges D.C. Man with Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant is a Registered Sex Offender; Parents of Potential Victims Should Call MPD

            WASHINGTON – Michael Humphrey, 41, of Washington, D.C., a registered sex offender, was indicted today in U.S. District Court on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, first degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances, and transportation and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, FBI Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs, of the Washington Field Office’s Criminal and Cyber Division, and Acting Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            According to a previously filed criminal complaint, on July 3, 2023, Google LLC reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that two Google accounts, later identified as Humphrey’s, uploaded child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to the Google LLC servers on May 16, 2020, May 17, 2020, August 30, 2020, September 22, 2020, December 1, 2020, and June 16, 2023. In total, Humphrey uploaded more than 40 files depicting the sexual abuse of children. Law enforcement obtained a warrant authorizing the search of Humphrey’s Google account. In his Google account, law enforcement discovered at least three videos that show Humphrey sexually abusing a young girl.

            During the investigation, law enforcement learned that over the past several years, Humphrey has had unsupervised access to several children. Law enforcement is asking for assistance in identifying and locating additional victims of Humphrey’s abuse. If you have any information that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, or send an anonymous text to 50411.

            Humphrey previously has  been convicted on charges relating to the sexual abuse of children. On March 10, 2020, he was convicted of third-degree sex offense in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland. As a result of this conviction, Humphrey was required to register as a Tier III Sex Offender. Following his release from custody, he failed to register as a Sex Offender, as required by law. On March 17, 2022, Humphrey was charged in Montgomery County for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was subsequently found guilty of the offense.

            Humphrey was ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender upon release for a March 10, 2020, conviction in Montgomery County, Maryland. On May 2, 2022, Humphrey registered as a sex offender in the District of Columbia as required by law. 

            Humphrey was arrested on August 11, 2023, and has been in custody ever since.

            Sexual exploitation of a child carries a statutory mandatory minimum of 15 years, in prison.  Because of his prior convictions, and his status as a registered sex offender, Humphrey could face a mandatory minimum of 35 years imprisonment if he is found guilty of this offense.  The maximum statutory sentence for federal offenses is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. The sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

            This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Metropolitan Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rachel Forman and Amy Larson, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

            An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated September 5, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-513