Friday, June 15, 2007
What Mexicans and Latinos Wont do...Minutemen co-leader Chris Simcox would have us believe that “we need the National Guard to clean out all our cities and round them [Mexicans] up. They are hard-core criminals. They have no problem slitting your throat and taking your money or selling drugs to your kids or raping your daughters and they are evil people.” Look at the real facts and bite your tongue Chris Simcox. You are suffering from racist Dementia.
Two Springfield men receive significant prison sentences for trading child porn. Zero Tolerance for Child predators.
Worldwide Internet chat room was used to trade thousands of sexually graphic images of children.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Two Springfield men who traded thousands of graphic images of child pornography via a private international Internet chat room were each sentenced yesterday to more than 19 years in prison. These significant sentences were the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the FBI.
U.S. Attorney Rodger A. Heaton, Central District of Illinois, announced that Billy Joe Bowser, 34, was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 20 years (240 months) in prison. Anthony Adams, 49, was sentenced to 19 years (236 months.) Bowser and Adams each pleaded guilty in October 2006 to receiving, possessing and transporting child pornography. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
The charges resulted from an international ICE investigation of an Internet-based child pornography chat room known as "Kiddypics & Kiddyvids" that was used to facilitate trading thousands of illegal sexually explicit images. The chat room was hosted on the Internet through the WinMX software program that also allowed users to engage in "peer-to-peer" file sharing.
U.S. Attorney Heaton stated, "Trading or collecting images of child pornography is not a victimless crime. Each photo represents an assault on the innocence of an actual child. They are images of graphic physical and sexual abuse of real kids - in this case, some as young as toddlers. Anyone who seeks the perceived anonymity of the Internet to trade in images of these horrific crimes deserves the kind of lengthy sentences imposed here today."
"These significant prison sentences should serve to warn predators who victimize our most vulnerable citizens," said Elissa A. Brown, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Chicago. "Individuals who engage in such despicable conduct will be fully prosecuted for hurting our children. We will not rest until such child predators are brought to justice."
The investigation found that Bowser had more than 80,000 images of child pornography in his computer collection. These graphic images involved children younger than two years old engaged in sex with adult males, as well as pornographic images of children reflecting violence and bondage. Bowser was charged in February 2006 with his wife, Melissa Bowser, 27. Sentencing for Melissa Bowser is scheduled for March 23.
On Adams' computer, ICE agents found more than 29,000 similar images of child pornography involving violence, bondage, and children under two years of age engaged in sexual acts with adult males.
U.S. Attorney Heaton commended the investigative work performed by the Springfield Computer Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency group dedicated to investigating and prosecuting computer crime. First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Childress, Central District of Illinois, successfully prosecuted these cases.
This investigation was conducted as part of ICE's Operation Predator, an ongoing national ICE enforcement initiative to identify, investigate, arrest and - in the case of foreign nationals - deport child sex predators. Since the initiative began in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 9,500 individuals nationwide, including more than 535 in Illinois.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. Investigators staff this hotline around the clock.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may also be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.