Kuna Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge
BOISE - Ian Quincy Winn, 48, of Kuna, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to Receipt and Attempted Receipt of Sexually Explicit Images of Minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, Winn engaged in online chats with an undercover Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent between October 2012 and July 2013. During these chats, Winn spoke extensively about his interest in the torture, rape and murder of a (fictitious) six-year-old child whom the undercover agent claimed was his niece. Winn did not know the child was fictitious. In June, Winn asked the undercover agent to send him a photo of the fictitious six-year-old performing a sexual act.
HSI special agents obtained a search warrant and served it at Winn’s home in Kuna on August 12, 2013. They seized several computers and electronic storage devices containing child pornography, including sexually explicit images of prepubescent females. Agents sent the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which maintains a database of previously identified victims of abuse. The NCMEC reported that the images found on Winn’s computer included known victims from California, Texas, Belgium, Missouri, Indiana, Washington, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Winn confessed that he had been conducting online searches for erotic and sexually explicit images of young girls for about three to four years.
The charge of Receipt and Attempted Receipt of Sexually Explicit Images of Minors is punishable by from 5 years, up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and from 5 years to lifetime supervised release.
Sentencing is set for June 30, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in Boise and North Platte, Nebraska, assisted by investigators from the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Kuna Police Department.
Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service are members of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecution agencies, focused on apprehending and prosecuting individuals who use the Internet to criminally exploit children. For more information about the Idaho ICAC Task Force and a list of all the participating agencies, visit www.icacidaho.org.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”