CyberTipline Success Stories
CyberTip prevents rape and murder of a child for profit
Between March and June 2014, the CyberTipline® received multiple reports from two different registered electronic service providers regarding a user allegedly uploading graphic child sexual abuse images to their service. The ESPs provided information including an email address, various screen names, Internet Protocol addresses, as well as geographical coordinates associated with the reported user. Also during this time, a complaint was submitted by a concerned citizen, who reported an email address and indicated that the individual was planning to abduct a child.
NCMEC Exploited Children Division analysts performed extensive online searches through which they were able to develop critical information including a full name, employment information and corroborated the location of the Orlando, Fla. area suggested by the IP addresses.
Cognizant of the urgency of the situation, analysts immediately notified the central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigators from the ICAC quickly looped in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Operations Center Cyber High Tech Crime Squad, which already had the reported user on its radar after receiving information from an informant. Armed with the new information, FDLE investigators coordinated efforts with the Longwood Police Department and went to work tracking him down.
In mid-June, members of the FDLE’s Cyber Task Force took their suspect into custody. They learned that just days before his arrest, he had lured a father, grandfather and child to a vacant home in the Longwood, Fla. area with the ruse that he was a student making a film. However, the family left shortly after arriving at the home after seeing a plastic sheet covering the floor. Detectives believe that this man had been using the Internet, as well as talent agencies, to recruit underage actresses with the intent of murdering the parents, then raping and murdering the child. He allegedly planned to record the rape and murder and sell it on DVD.
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