HSI New York Announces Arrest of 71 Individuals for Sexual Exploitation Crimes Against Children in ‘Operation Caireen’

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  5/21/2014HSI New York announces arrest of 71 individuals for sexual exploitation crimes against children in ‘Operation Caireen’http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/b95b371/5 2 Receive Updates Enter Email Address   Go HSI New York announces arrest of 71 individuals for sexualexploitation crimes against children in ‘Operation Caireen’ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent this bulletin at 05/21/2014 02:04 PM EDT HSI New York announces arrest of 71 individuals for sexual exploitation crimesagainst children in ‘Operation Caireen’ Federal, state charges include possession, distribution of child pornography Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Photo1.jpgPhoto2.jpg Editor's note: visit ICE's DVIDS page for  part one and  part two of the b-roll video footage of this operation.  NEW YORK — A senior official from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) HomelandSecurity Investigations (HSI) announced Wednesday the arrest of 71 individuals for crimes involving thesexual exploitation of children in Operation Caireen, the largest-ever enforcement operation in New York targeting predators who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children. Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes, Jr., head of the HSI New York office, made the announcement inManhattan with Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R.Vance, Jr., Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M.Donovan, Jr., New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, Deputy Chief of theCriminal Division for the Eastern District of New York Lisa Kramer, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Divisionfor the Southern District of New York Joan Loughnane, Special Agent in Charge for the United States CoastGuard Investigative Service Otis E. Harris, Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaccoand Firearms Thomas J. Cannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the United States Secret ServiceMichael Seremetis, Chief of the General Crimes Section for the Eastern District of New York Patrick Sinclair,Chief of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office William Barbera, and Putnam County District Attorney’sOffice Senior Investigator Henry Lopez.  5/21/2014HSI New York announces arrest of 71 individuals for sexual exploitation crimes against children in ‘Operation Caireen’http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/b95b372/5 As part of Operation Caireen, which began April 4 and ran until May 15, HSI special agents, New York CityPolice Department detectives and other law enforcement partners surreptitiously infiltrated peer-to-peer (P2P)file sharing networks to identify users in the New York City metropolitan area who sought to acquire or distribute known or suspected images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit activities.Throughout the course of the operation, investigators identified nearly 150 distinct Internet Protocol addressesactively involved in trading sexually explicit images of children registered to users in the New York Citymetropolitan area. In addition to the 71 arrests, investigators lawfully seized nearly 600 computing devicesduring the execution of 87 search warrants, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones andthumb drives containing more than 175 terabytes of data that includes tens of thousands of sexually explicitimages and videos of children. Some of the defendants arrested possessed libraries of sexually explicit imagesand videos of children numbering in the thousands.One of the defendants had been previously convicted of sexually abusing a child; another is charged with producing and distributing child pornography involving her own young child.Several of the defendants facing charges held positions of public trust, including two police officers, tworegistered nurses, a paramedic, an au pair, and an individual who served as both a den master with the BoyScouts of America and a little league baseball coach.“The sheer volume of confirmed and suspected instances of individuals engaging in the sexual exploitation of children identified through Operation Caireen is shocking and the professional backgrounds of many of thedefendants is troubling. We can no longer assume that the only people who would stoop to prey on childrenare unemployed drifters,” said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New York. “Clearly, thiscriminal activity has reached epidemic proportions and ICE HSI will continue to partner across jurisdictions totarget those adults who egregiously violate the children of our communities.”Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said, “The individuals identified today allegedly utilized the Internetto possess, distribute and promote horrific acts against defenseless victims. The indictments represent a strongcollaborative effort between law enforcement partners, sending the message to sexual predators that abuseagainst children is beyond reproach and violators will be vigorously sought and brought to justice.”“The law enforcement community is committed to eliminating the horrific market for child pornography, onedefendant at a time,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York. “The arrests andseizures announced today send an unequivocal message to those who engage in trading child pornography --if you exploit our children, and their abuse, you will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of thelaw.”Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: Crimes involving the exploitation of children are particularlydisturbing because they victimize the most vulnerable members of our society. This includes the possessionand distribution of images of child pornography. Such images are not merely photos or videos; they areevidence of the physical and psychological abuse of children. Today's announcement shows the commitmentof federal and state prosecutors and investigators to protect children from exploitation. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, “My office is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who sexually exploit children through the use of the Internet and peer-to-peer networks. It must beremembered that the images involved in these cases are of real children being sexually abused and that eachtime an image is viewed, traded, printed or downloaded, the child in that image is being victimized again.”Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said: “Images of child sexual assault capture real crimes being committed against real children. Each time that one of these recordings of a violent sexual assault isdownloaded and viewed by a stranger over the Internet, that child is being victimized all over again. Crimesagainst children are unforgivable, especially those perpetrated by individuals in positions of trust. I thank our   5/21/2014HSI New York announces arrest of 71 individuals for sexual exploitation crimes against children in ‘Operation Caireen’http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/b95b373/5  partners in law enforcement for their commitment to stopping the abuse of children.”Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson said, “This case underscores the crucial importance of Internet surveillance initiatives by law enforcement to protect children from sexual predators. Each of thesedefendants – five of whom presently have cases pending in Kings County – is responsible for re-victimizingthe children who appear in these despicable videos each time they view or share the files. These are realchildren whose abuse and victimization has been videotaped for the entertainment of an unfortunately large population of twisted individuals. I commend Homeland Security Investigations for initiating OperationCaireen.”Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr., said, “The confiscated videos are nothing morethan sadomasochistic snuff films showcasing a defenseless child – be they an infant, a toddler or a teen –  being repeatedly raped and/or sexually assaulted. These are videotaped crime scenes watched by predatorslurking in the shadows of the Internet. I want to thank my assistant, Ann Thompson, and the agents of ICE-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for bringing these crimes to light and the defendants to justice.”“Our success in this case and other similar investigations is a result of our close work with our lawenforcement partners,” said Brian Swain, acting special agent in charge, United States Secret Service, NewYork Field Office. “The Secret Service worked closely with HSI, the NYPD, and other law enforcement partners to share information and resources that ultimately led to the arrest of 71 individuals. This casedemonstrates there is no such thing as anonymity for those engaging in child exploitation and unlawful acts.”“The Department of Homeland Security is asking for the public to be watchful, to help identify thoseindividuals responsible for child pornography, and we’re counting on those with information to comeforward,” said Otis E. Harris Jr., special agent in charge of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, New York Field Office. “No bit of information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is too small. Each piece moves usforward toward justice and disrupting the crime of child pornography. It is extremely important to contactauthorities with any information regarding child pornography.”“We applaud the efforts of HSI New York for the outstanding results of Operation Caireen,” said John Ryan, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “The success of this operationhighlights the importance of collaboration between law enforcement agencies on large-scale investigations.Their tireless work helps ensure that the most vulnerable in our society – our children – can be safer.” Arrests predicating Operation Caireen: 1. On January 23, HSI agents arrested Brian Fanelli, chief of the Mount Pleasant Police Departmentin Valhalla, New York. Fanelli has been charged with Federal child pornography violations in theSouthern District of New York.2. On March 5, HSI agents arrested Samuel Waldman, a rabbi and an instructor of Judaic studies, athis residence in Brooklyn. Waldman has been charged with possession of child pornography in theSouthern District of New York. While utilizing the P2P file sharing system, agents identifiedWaldman’s IP address as one that offered for dissemination videos of child pornography. High profile arrests during Operation Caireen: 3. On April 8, Kenneth Gardner, a registered nurse at Westchester County Medical Center,   wasarrested at his residence in Astoria and charged with violations of New York State Penal Law263.15, promoting a sex performance of a child under age 17; 263.11, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child; and 263.16, possessing a sexual performance by a child. 4. On April 17, Eduardo Salcedo Urzola, who was working as an au pair,   was arrested at his  5/21/2014HSI New York announces arrest of 71 individuals for sexual exploitation crimes against children in ‘Operation Caireen’http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/b95b374/5 residence in Brooklyn and charged with possession of child pornography under federal law. Thisarrest followed the execution of a search warrant issued by a U.S. magistrate judge in the EasternDistrict of New York. While utilizing the P2P file sharing system, agents identified an IP address ata residence associated with Salcedo Urzola’s that made known images and/or movies of child pornography available for distribution.5. On April 28, Aaron Young, a paramedic,   was arrested at his residence in Queens and chargedunder New York State law with possession of child pornography. This arrest followed the executionof a state search warrant issued by a judge in Queens County. While utilizing the P2P file sharingsystem, agents identified an IP address at Young’s residence that made known images and/or movies of child pornography available for distribution.6. On April 28, Yong Wu, a police officer,   was arrested at his residence in Ozone Park and chargedwith possession of child pornography under state law. This arrest followed the execution of a searchwarrant issued by a judge in Queens County. While utilizing the P2P file sharing system, agentsidentified an IP address at Wu’s residence that made known images and/or movies of child pornography available for distribution.7. On May 9, Jonathan Silber, a Boy Scout den leader and Little League baseball coach, wasarrested at his residence in Suffern and charged under New York state law with possession of child pornography. This arrest followed the execution of a state search warrant issued by a judge inRockland County. While utilizing the P2P file sharing system, agents identified an IP addressconnected to Silber that made known images and/or movies of child pornography available for distribution. SAC Hayes thanked the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NewYork; the District Attorney’s Offices in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx, NewYork; the District Attorney’s offices in Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, and Rockland counties in New York andthe Hunterdon County prosecutor’s office in New Jersey for their exceptional legal analysis and for  prosecuting the charges. SAC Hayes thanked the New York City Police Department, United States SecretService, United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, NewYork State Police, the Dutchess and Rockland County sheriff’s offices, and the police departments in Kent,Spring Valley, Carmel, Haverstraw and Suffern.SAC Hayes also thanked HSI New York Deputy Special Agents in Charge Glenn Sorge and Gabriel Garcia;Assistant Special Agents in Charge Michael Szrama, Joseph LeStrange and Michael Buckley; GroupSupervisors Anthony Decrescenzo, Regan Madonia, Chris McClellan, and John Mirandona, Jr.; and the menand women assigned to the HSI New York Child Exploitation, Computer Forensics and SpecialInvestigations units for their diligent and thorough investigative work and their commitment to the HomelandSecurity mission. Arrests by county: Manhattan 6Bronx 7Brooklyn 17Queens 23Staten Island 6 New Jersey (Hunterdon) 1Putnam 2Sullivan 1Rockland 1Duchess 1
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