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St. Croix Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison on Child Porn Charges

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Feb. 22, 2008 — A 65-year-old St. Croix man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Thursday on charges he possessed child pornography — including sexually explicit photos of a two-year-old child left in his care.
John David Waggoner of Bugby Hole, Christiansted, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, St. Croix Division, to serve 135 months in prison, followed by a lifetime period of supervised release for receiving and possessing child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Waggoner pleaded guilty April 25, 2007, to knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography, and attempting to receive and possess it. The illegal materials included more than 100 images and three videos that showed minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
The images also included sexually explicit photographs of a two-year old relative who was left in Waggoner's care, the release said. The videos and the other sexually explicit depictions of minors were recovered from Waggoner's computer. Waggoner admitted that some of the illegal images depicted minors under the age of 12 and included sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence, and that he engaged in a pattern of activity involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor. Additionally, he admitted that he knew the production of such depictions involved the use of one or more actual minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and that such visual depictions were of such conduct.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the federal Department of Justice in February 2006 to protect children from online exploitation and abuse, the release said.
"Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims," the release said.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit projectsafechildhood.gov/.
The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Hinds and Trial Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. The investigation was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) agents on St. Croix.
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