A sex offender from Longview, who has been identified as part of a joint global investigation, received a prison sentence for conducting child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas. The federal prison sentence was announced this week by the Acting U.S. Attorney, Nicholas J. Gangei.
The accused was identified as Charles Orange, aged 55 years, and had been convicted by a jury on the 18th of September, 2020. He had been charged for possessing child pornography (CP), conducting child pornography violations and sentenced to 240 months (20 years) in the federal prison on the 4th of March, 2021, by the U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III. After the accused get released from federal prison, he will be facing a lifetime of supervised release.
“There is no place for Charles Orange in lawful society,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “He is unapologetic, unrepentant, and unremorseful. Nothing short of incarceration will stop him from engaging in the sexual exploitation of children. The Court’s sentence sends a clear message to Charles Orange and to other like minded predators – the public has the right to be protected. On behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, I wish to express my gratitude to HSI, INTERPOL, Thailand’s DSI, Australia’s AFP, and our other law enforcement partners from around the world for their tireless efforts and shared commitment to save the lives of children and bring sexual predators to justice.”
“Finding and arresting devious child predators who attempt to evade detection by law enforcement through use of the dark web and other anonymizing technologies remains a top priority for our agency,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Dallas. “Fortunately, the investigative actions of our dedicated special agents have prevented this deviant from victimizing children within our community while also reminding other criminals that there are no safe spaces on the internet for sexual exploitation of children. We remain committed to our global law enforcement partnerships in fighting child sexual exploitation, and we will continue to relentlessly pursue the predators who seek to steal the innocence of our children.”
As per the information presented during his trial, the accused’s investigation had originated as a lead from the Interpol operated “Blackwrist Operation.” On the 20th of December 2018, the agents with HSI Tyler had executed a search warrant at Orange’s residence in Longview, Texas, acting upon Interpol’s lead information.
A device bearing child porn had been found on a dresser next to the accused’s bed. As per the forensic analyst’s testimony, child pornographic media discovered on the device had been accessed and downloaded the night before the search warrant’s execution. Analysts had testified that Charles Orange’s personal details, such as internet history, email address and IP address, had connected him with the child exploitation website that got identified in Operation Blackwrist. Apart from this, the evidence presented at the trial displayed that the device had been used to capture covert photographs of young boys in several stores in Longview, Texas, just the day prior to the search warrant execution.
In 2008, the accused was convicted of child pornography violations and indecency with a child and needed to register as a sex offender.
In 2017, Interpol had launched Operation Blackwrist, named after a bracelet worn by one of the victims. The operation began after discovering materials depicting child abuse of eleven boys under the age of 13 years age. The child exploitation materials were first identified on the dark web and originated from a website requiring subscription having nearly 63,000 users across the globe. The site had been publishing weekly materials for years while the abuser had maintained great care for avoiding detection. He used to mask the children and left a few audio or visual clues. The officers had relied on the children’s physical traits to track their ongoing exploitation and reached out to the international police community for help.
INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock welcomed the successful prosecutions and applauded the massive international effort required. “Operation Blackwrist sends a clear message to those abusing children, producing child sexual exploitation material and sharing the images online: We see you, and you will be brought to justice. Every child abuse image is evidence of a crime and INTERPOL will always provide its full support to officers on the ground to help identify and rescue victims around the world.”
“These efforts have already resulted in numerous arrests in the United States to include individuals occupying positions of public trust. We are proud to be a part of these international efforts,” said HSI Bangkok Regional Attaché Eric McLoughlin.
Source: Herald Democrat
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