Ris­ing Sun man gets 18 years in child porn case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A federal judge sen­tenced a Ris­ing Sun man to 18 years in prison Fri­day for dis­play­ing an im­age doc­u­ment­ing the sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a pre­pubescent girl and for se­cretly video­tap­ing a girl show­er­ing inside his res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ge­orge L. Russell III im­posed the sen­tence on James J. Stan­ley, 29, dur­ing a hear­ing at the federal court­house in Bal­ti­more. In Jan­uary, Stan­ley had pleaded guilty to dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy and at­tempted sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a mi­nor, as part of a plea deal in which federal prose­cu­tors dis­missed nu­mer­ous other charges.

As part of the sen­tence, af­ter Stan­ley serves his 18-year term in federal prison, he must reg­is­ter as a con­victed sex of­fender for the rest of his life “in the place where he re­sides and where he is an em­ployee,” ex­plained Vickie Le­Duc, a USAO spokes­woman.

Ac­cord­ing to prose­cu­tors, Stan­ley used a web­site that hosts anony­mous and ran­dom one-to-one video and text chat. The web­site al­lows users to chat with oth­ers with­out pro­vid­ing any iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion, and it mar­kets it­self as an op­por­tu­nity for users to “Talk to strangers!” prose­cu­tors re­ported.

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Dur­ing a video chat ses­sion on the web­site on Oct. 20, 2014, Stan­ley used his we­b­cam to dis­play an im­age doc­u­ment­ing the sex­ual abuse of a pre­pubescent girl, which was stored on his com­puter or other dig­i­tal stor­age me­dia, prose­cu­tors said.

In ad­di­tion, Stan­ley placed a dig­i­tal record­ing de­vice in a shower that he knew would be used by a girl and that he did so with the in­tent of cre­at­ing video record­ings of her en­gaged in sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­duct, prose­cu­tors added.

Stan­ley com­mit­ted that of­fense at some point be­fore Jan. 14, 2015 — shortly be­fore Mary­land State Po­lice de­tec­tives ar­rested him in a state case that would later to­tal more than 60 charges against Stan­ley, be­fore it was trans­ferred to federal au­thor­i­ties, prose­cu­tors re­ported.

Be­tween Nov. 14, 2014, and Jan. 14, 2015, Stan­ley saved a video file to his com­puter that de­picted the girl tak­ing a shower, prose­cu­tors said. Stan­ley ad­mit­ted that he used his mo­bile phone to record the girl show­er­ing on ap­prox­i­mately 10 oc­ca­sions, although other videos of the girl were not re­cov­ered, prose­cu­tors added.

MSP de­tec­tives dis­cov­ered the video footage on Stan­ley’s com­puter in Jan­uary 2015 — shortly af­ter con­fis­cat­ing that piece of equip­ment and sev­eral other com­put­ers and cell­phones while raid­ing his res­i­dence, po­lice said.

That raid was com­pleted with the as­sis­tance of mem­bers of Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions, the Ris­ing Sun Po­lice De­part­ment and MSP’s In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force, po­lice added.

By the time de­tec­tives dis­cov­ered the video, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Stan­ley al­ready had been charged with one count of pro­mot­ing and, or, dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy based on the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion. In the wake of that raid, 60 ad­di­tional charges were filed against Stan­ley in Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court, be­fore the case moved to the federal level, po­lice re­ported.

MSP de­tec­tives started their in­ves­ti­ga­tion in early De­cem­ber 2014, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a “Cy­ber­tip” con­cern­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the MSP Com­puter Crimes Unit, which mon­i­tors ac­tiv­i­ties on the in­ter­net, de­vel­oped Stan­ley as a sus­pect af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip from Omegle. com, a so­cial me­dia site that ran­domly and anony­mously pairs up strangers for video chats, court records show.

Stan­ley does not ap­pear in any of the child pornog­ra­phy images, po­lice said. How­ever, po­lice added, Stan­ley does ap­pear in the screen­shots pro­vided by Omegle, which helped de­velop him as a sus­pect.

De­tec­tives

ob­tained

a court or­der com­pelling the Arm­strong Ca­ble Com­pany to sup­ply the sub­scriber in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the IP ad­dress in ques­tion and it, in turn, iden­ti­fied Stan­ley as the sub­scriber, po­lice re­ported.

Once they knew the sus­pect’s name, in­ves­ti­ga­tors checked MVA records and com­pared Stan­ley’s driver’s li­cense photo with that of the per­son seen on the cap­tured snap­shot, ac­cord- ing to court records.

That led to the raid at Stan­ley’s res­i­dence, po­lice re­ported.

Stan­ley con­fessed to dis­tribut­ing the child pornog­ra­phy, telling MSP in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he has been bat­tling his pe­dophil­iac ten­den­cies for more than a dozen years, ac­cord­ing to court records.

“Stan­ley stated that he first saw child pornogra- phy when he was ap­prox­i­mately 15 years old, and he has had to deal with it since then. He ex­plained he needs help and wants to talk to some­one in men­tal health....He (later) stated he has had urges to have sex­ual con­tact with chil­dren, but he has been self­med­i­cat­ing with smok­ing mar­i­juana and watch­ing child pornog­ra­phy,” court records show.

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