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Jacksonville based Navy sailor sentenced for possession of child pornography

| November 25, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Lime Wire

LimeWire is widely used to download Child Pornography

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A joint investigation between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office led to the sentencing of a 24-year-old U.S. Navy sailor who was convicted for possession of child pornography after downloading the illegal material from LimeWire.

Cardell Shaun Cole, a U.S. Navy sailor based out of Naval Station Mayport, was sentenced yesterday to more than two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan. Cole was also sentenced to a five-year term of supervised release and was ordered by the court to register under federal and state law as a sex offender. Cole was arrested at Naval Station Mayport on April 22, 2008, and may be discharged by the U.S. Navy on the basis of this felony conviction.

According to court documents, in November 2007, Cole brought his computer to a department store in Jacksonville for repairs. During the course of those repairs, computer technicians discovered suspected images of child pornography on the computer and contacted local law enforcement. ICE and JSO subsequently opened a joint investigation, which included a forensic examination of the computer. The results of the forensic examination confirmed the existence of numerous images of child pornography on Cole’s computer.

During the course of the investigation, Cole was interviewed by law enforcement. After being advised of his constitutional rights, Cole told ICE special agents that he utilized LimeWire to search the Internet for child pornography. Using search terms associated with child pornography, Cole would locate the images and then save them to his computer.

The arrest of Cole was part of Operation Predator, a comprehensive ICE initiative aimed at those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Since the initiative was launched in July of 2003, there have been more than 11,500 individuals arrested nationwide. (more…)

Tulare high school band instructor indicted on child pornography charges

| November 21, 2008 at 07:29 pm

FRESNO, Calif.- A band instructor at a Fresno-area high school has been charged with one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography following an investigation by the agencies on the Fresno Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Raymond Ferenci, 52, who works at Western High School in Tulare, Calif., was indicted by a grand here jury yesterday. The indictment alleges that, between May 2006 and July 2008, Ferenci used a computer in his possession to receive the images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

According to court documents, the suspicions about Ferenci originally arose after he allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to several female students at the high school. While investigating those allegations, local authorities uncovered evidence of possible child pornography and alerted the Task Force. During a subsequent interview with task force investigators, Ferenci admitted using a peer-to-peer software program to search for images of child pornography.

Ferenci was arrested Nov. 6 at his Visalia, Calif. home. He has since been released on electronic monitoring pending trial. If convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography, Ferenci faces a maximum penalty of up to 30 years in prison. (more…)