Cybertipline Success Stories
Suspect arrested; Child rescued
In February 2012 the CyberTipline® received reports from a registered Electronic Service Provider regarding a user who allegedly emailed sexually exploitive images of prepubescent children to another individual. The ESP provided information including an email address, a screen name and a ZIP code associated with the reported suspect.
An Exploited Children Division analyst quickly traced the reported ZIP code to a location in Connecticut. Through extensive online searches of the reported email address she found an online profile containing important clues including:
- A possible nickname and last name for the suspect.
- Various postings made by the suspect using a mobile device originating from different cities in Connecticut.
- A message alluding to the suspect's first name.
- A photo album containing various images of an adult male with two girls.
- References to the children's names, ages and the older child's date of birth.
- The name of the suspect's wife.
The analyst conducted public record database searches using the potential full name and location. Those searches yielded a possible match. The analyst forwarded the CyberTipline report to the Connecticut Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
ICAC investigators along with representatives from local law enforcement executed a search warrant on the suspect's home, in which more than 300 images of apparent child pornography were located.
Investigators were able to identify a child featured in one of the video files. Law enforcement arrested the suspect and charged him with possession of child pornography, promoting a minor in an obscene performance, child sexual assault, obscenity, and risk of injury to a child.
CyberTips lead to arrest
In December 2011 the CyberTipline® received a report about a pornographic video involving a teenage girl that had been posted to a popular social networking site.
The video was alleged being shared among numerous individuals. The caller provided the website where the video had been posted and the names of the victim and high school she attended.
An Exploited Children Division analyst accessed the website, and while the video had been deleted, found comments made by other users that appeared to corroborate the caller’s concerns that the video depicted a minor. .
Based on the profile associated with the video, the analyst confirmed the name of the high school and determined a possible location in Florida for the suspect. She then forwarded the CyberTipline report to the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigators interviewed the 14-year-old child victim, who identified the 20-year-old suspect who was arrested and pled guilty to Lewd and Lascivious Battery, Using a Child in a Sexual Performance and Promoting Sexual Performance by a Child.
Online enticement tip leads to arrest
In August 2010 the CyberTipline® received a report from a registered Electronic Service Provider regarding suspected online enticement in a chat room. The ESP provided information including an email address, a screen name and a ZIP code associated with the reported suspect.
The ESP also provided the chat log, which detailed the sexual comments the 19-year-old suspect allegedly made in the chat room, including that he was interested in having sex with a 15-year-old boy. An Exploited Children Division analyst quickly determined the reported ZIP code was located in Virginia. Through extensive online searches of the reported email address, she found three social networking profiles that appeared to belong to the same individual. All three profiles contained important information including:
- Corroboration of the alleged Virginia location.
- A possible first and last name for the suspect.
- A partial phone number.
- A cached posting with the name of a business where the suspect may have worked.
- Possible images of the suspect.
The analyst forwarded the CyberTipline report to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Investigators arrested a suspect after determining that he had images of apparent child pornography on his computers and had engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with apparently underage girls. The suspect was arrested and charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Multiple CyberTips lead to arrest
Between January and August 2011 the CyberTipline® received reports from two Electronic Service Providers regarding incidents of possible child pornography uploaded to their servers. The ESPs provided incident information including an email address, screen name and an IP address.
Analysts in NCMEC’s Exploited Children Division reviewed the reported IP address and discovered key geographic information indicating that the suspect may live in Nebraska. The analysts conducted online searches of the suspect’s email address, which revealed the suspect’s possible name, age and images. The CyberTipline reports were forwarded to the Nebraska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigators from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant on the suspect’s home and retrieved a computer containing alleged child pornography.
In February 2012 the suspect was arrested and charged with possession of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.
Undercover investigation leads to arrest of Oregon man
In May 2011 the CyberTipline® received a report from an Electronic Service Provider concerning apparent child pornography that may have been uploaded to its server. The report included an email address, screen name and IP address.
An Exploited Children Division analyst reviewed the IP and email addresses and determined that the suspect may be in Oregon. The analyst searched publicly available websites and located a profile with additional possibly identifying information, including photos of an adult male. The analyst forwarded this information to the Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The suspect was arrested and charged with encouraging child sexual abuse and luring a minor.
Undercover investigation leads to arrest
In September 2011 the CyberTipline® was contacted by the mother of a 15-year-old girl. The mother reported her daughter and her daughter’s 29-year-old camp counselor had been chatting online.
The caller also indicated that the online chat appeared to be sexual in nature and the counselor may have exposed himself to her child via a webcam on multiple occasions. The caller provided the camp counselor’s name and additional identifying information.
An analyst with the Exploited Children Division conducted a series of public database searches and located online profiles, photos and a potential name match. The analyst provided the CyberTipline report and search results to the Southern and Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces.
Law enforcement officers arrested the suspect for allegedly exposing himself to a minor.
Child victim rescued from long-term exploitation
In August 2011 the CyberTipline® received a report from a mother that her 11-year-old daughter was being sexually victimized by one of the child’s relatives. The mother reportedly became suspicious after reading emails from the suspect asking the child if anything he was doing made her "uncomfortable" or "angry."
The child’s mother also intercepted pornographic images of the suspect with other children that were sent to the child. The child disclosed the exploitation, and reported that the abuse started when she was 5 years old.
An Exploited Children Division analyst gathered additional information from the mother. Using that information, the analyst searched Internet and publically available databases and located the suspect’s alleged criminal history, occupation, and online profiles. The analyst forwarded the CyberTipline report to the North Carolina and South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces.
Both ICACs, in coordination with local law enforcement, investigated the CyberTipline report and arrested and charged the suspect with dissemination of harmful materials to a minor.
Undercover investigation leads to arrest of online enticement suspect
In July 2011 the CyberTipline® received information concerning an adult attempting to solicit sex from girls between the ages of 12 and 15 on a popular file hosting site.
Using the email address provided by the caller, an Exploited Children Division analyst located additional postings by the suspect in which he expressed interest in looking at young girls in public places and requested like-minded parents contact him and arrange times for him to meet their daughters. The analyst forwarded the CyberTipline report to the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The ICAC investigated and executed search warrants for the suspect’s home and email accounts that revealed multiple images of apparent child pornography.
The suspect was arrested and charged with soliciting a minor child for sex, arranging with a minor child for sex, grooming a minor child for sex and possession of child pornography.