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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Delaware

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 28, 2022

Newark, Delaware Resident Who Received Child Pornography Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that a Newark, Delaware resident was sentenced on February 25, 2022, to six years in prison for receiving child pornography over the internet.  Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark pronounced the sentence.

According to court documents, James Crossan, 24, sought out minors on social media platforms such as Instagram and fostered abusive relationships with them both online and via text message.  For multiple years, Crossan engaged in grooming tactics including complimenting victims, offering to send them gifts, expressing a desire to meet in person, discussing sexual acts, and requesting photographs of victims.  Crossan used aggressive and manipulative tactics to coerce minors to create and send child pornography to him.  Crossan’s exploitation harmed multiple minor victims across the country.

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “My office’s message for individuals who chose to prey upon and sexually exploit innocent children has been consistent – our federal law enforcement partners will use every available resource to find you.  Protecting innocent children is a priority for my office, and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The FBI and our local, state, and federal partners work tirelessly to investigate and bring to justice individuals engaged in the exploitation and sexual abuse of children,” said Thomas J. Sobocinski, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. “We encourage parents and caretakers to help us shut the door on predators before they strike by reporting anything suspicious to 1-800-CALL-FBI and visiting FBI.gov for more information about the threat of child predators.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carly Hudson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI Baltimore’s Wilmington Resident Agency.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 1:21-cr-53 and 1:21-cr-40.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated February 28, 2022