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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Louisville Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Advertising, Transporting, And Possessing Child Pornography

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings has sentenced Chase Franklin Ramos to 300 months in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for advertising, transporting and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

“When you choose to engage in this district in a marketplace of filth that hurts kids, you should also be prepared to spend decades in federal prison; no parole,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

On May 17, 2019, Ramos, age 30, of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to all seven counts of the Indictment; counts 1 through 3 charged Ramos with advertising child pornography, counts 4 through 6 charged the defendant with transportation of child pornography, and count 7 charged possession of child pornography.

According to a Sentencing Memo before the Court, Ramos, using the screen name Hellmage666, accessed “Website A” on multiple occasions from April of 2017 to March of 2018. Hellmage666 was a member of some private groups on “Website A”, and created and administered the groups “Hellmage666” and “Loveoftheb”. The FBI determined that “Hellmage666” was accessing the internet from a specific address in Louisville, Kentucky.

The FBI obtained a search warrant and executed it on October 4, 2018. During that search, the FBI interviewed Ramos who eventually admitted to being “Hellmage666”. He explained that he downloaded and viewed child pornography on his cell phone. He admitted to creating several groups on Website A, including “Loveoftheb,” and “Hellmage666.”

The FBI accessed Dropbox links, and downloaded all of the images and videos Ramos posted in the “Website A” groups. Ramos provided 12 Dropbox links that contained folders with names indicative of child pornography that included 1,215 images and 210 videos. On multiple dates between May 25, 2017, and January 11, 2018, Ramos engaged in the solicitation and transportation of child pornography through “Website A.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Spencer McKiness and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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. 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 12, 2019