NEWS: Distributor of Child Pornography Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 12:03:34 -0800 (PST)


Distributor of Child Pornography
Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Customs Service today
announced that
Raymond MacArthur-Jones, subject of a joint U.S. Customs-New Scotland Yard
investigation
into international trafficking in child pornography, was sentenced on
November 10, 1998 to 23
months in prison for violating 18 U.S.C. 2252, Transportation of Child
Pornography. He was
sentenced by the Honorable U.S. District Court Chief Judge Winder in the
district of Utah. This
case was the first time that the U.S. Government has charged an
Internet-based, foreign
commercial distributor of child pornography.

``The successful conclusion of this case and the prison sentence handed down
demonstrates once
again that the Internet is not a safe haven for child pornographers,'' said
U.S. Customs Senior
Special Agent Don Daufenbach, the agent in charge of the U.S. portion of the
case. ``We are out
there investigating in cyberspace -- just as we are in real space -- to
protect children not only in the
United States, but all over the world.''

The investigation began in late 1996, when Agent Daufenbach received
information from New
Scotland Yard about an Internet Web site that was distributing child
pornography. Daufenbach's
investigation revealed that Mr. MacArthur-Jones' business ``MJES'' was
offering child
pornography through its Internet Web site.

For more than a year, U.S. Customs and the London Metropolitan Police
Service Clubs and Vice
Unit of New Scotland Yard conducted a joint investigation to gather evidence
against
MacArthur-Jones. The investigation culminated with the arrest of
MacArthur-Jones in late 1997
when he traveled to Miami, Florida.

``This is a marker for the future,'' said Chief Superintendent Martin Jauch,
London Metropolitan
Police Service Clubs and Vice Unit, New Scotland Yard. ``We look forward to
more and more
international police cooperation to investigate crimes on the Internet as we
continue to show the
criminals that the Internet can and will be policed.''

The U.S. Customs Service has always been the front line of defense against
the illegal trafficking
and distribution of child pornography into and throughout the United States.
Before 1977, the
Customs Service seized child pornography entering the United States under
obscenity statutes. In
1977, Congress enacted the first anti-child-pornography law, and in 1984,
Congress enacted the
Child Protection Act of 1984 which gives the Customs Service the authority
to investigate any
cases which involve the receipt, transmission, manufacture, or possession of
child pornography
which has been shipped in foreign commerce. In 1988, Congress passed a law
outlawing the use of
computer to transmit, manufacture or possess child pornography which has
been shipped in foreign
commerce, thus opening the door to Customs computer investigations, the
first of which was
launched in 1989. Customs computer and Internet child pornography
investigations expanded, and
in 1997, Customs opened the Customs CyberSmuggling Center to investigate the
entire range of
transborder crime appearing on the Internet over which Customs has
jurisdiction.

SOURCE: U.S. Customs Service


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