The Department of Justice has announced the apprehension and indictment of a Joplin, Missouri pedophile who the United States Attorney's Office says was not only caught with 6000 images and videos of prepubescent children engaged in forced sexual assault for child pornographic materials, but also has since confessed to the molestation of “30 to 40” children, in a disturbing "Pedoogate" case.
The investigation into 29-year-old Jack Daggett, of Joplin, Missouri, was part of a series of reports coming from the CyberTips line at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children “related to hundreds of images of child pornography uploaded to Google accounts in February 2018,” as <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/two-joplin-men-indicted-child-pornography"> reported by the Department of Justice in an initial press release </a>on the operation back in May of this year.
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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) via their CyberTipline received six individual complaints against Jack Daggett alleging that he was engaged in the criminal sexual enticement of multiple children for both his own perverse desires. He also exchanged child pornography portraying the rape and molestation of young children via Google accounts.
The NCMEC passed the series of disturbing reports and information to local authorities, where the Joplin Police Department reviewed the information. They contacted the Missouri-based unit meant to deal with these types of horrific cyber crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.
The Joplin Police Department then received the assistance of federal agencies, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division, and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which had organized the entire operation into uncovering what they could about Jack Daggett.
After monitoring the IP addresses Daggett had used to upload the images to Google, authorities saw Daggett had engaged in sharing images and videos depicting prepubescent children in forced sexual abuse at the hands of adults. Shockingly, he was engaged in daily efforts to distribute child porn that included the molestations of extremely young children.
The Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force in cooperation with ICE, HSI, and the Joplin Police Department obtained search warrant on the residence of Jack Daggett, but when authorities served a search and arrest warrant at Daggett's residence, they had no idea how cooperative he would be.
To their shock, Daggett was open and forthcoming about his life as a deranged, and dangerous pedophile, as if this child sexual predator has no intention of avoiding being caught one day.
Seizing countless electronic devices including laptops, desktop computers, hard drives, mobile phones, tablet computer, and SD cards; where during a preview of the tablet it law enforcement could see hundreds of child pornographic files openly displayed.
Daggett began to talk to the authorities and told them that as a child, in group homes, he had raped multiple children, as reported by<a href="https://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/ozarks-man-said-he-abused-30-40-kids-but-child-porn-helped-him-stop/1408465489"> local news Ozarks First</a>.
During interrogations with Detectives from the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and Joplin Police, Daggett would eventually confess to having sexually assaulting anywhere from “30 to 40” children, in one of the most graphic series of sexual assaults that are known to man.
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Amidst those conversations, law enforcement had finished analyzing the electronics and found over 6,000 child pornographic images and videos which were of the extreme nature depicting molestation of toddler-aged children; as well as that of the sexual assault of prepubescent adolescent children; including the vilest graphic child pornographic materials that depicted tortures of children.
Daggett was then taken back into custody to await a pretrial hearing.
A bond hearing, Judge David P. Rush ordered a pre-sentence investigation into the allegations as well as mental stability of Daggett, because according to the probable cause statement Daggett had openly admitted "he had sexually abused so many children, he could not put a number on it,” as reported by the<a href="https://rturner229.blogspot.com/2018/05/joplin-man-who-admitted-sexually.html?m=1"> Turner Report</a>.
On the day of Daggett’s last hearing before Judge Rush, one which would last a 14-minutes straight, Daggett openly admitted that he committed the crimes against children, resulting in Judge David P. Rush having bound the case over to a Grand Jury for possible indictments, and Attorney Ami Harshad Patel Miller was granted as an additional attorney to defend the pedophile.
Daggett would remain behind bars on a $500,000 cash bond as he awaited trial.
The trial was quick and painless, where at a United States District Court in Springfield, Daggett appeared before Judge Doug Harpool, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller exclaimed he was "incredibly forthright,” only leading to the conviction of Daggett with ease.
This last Wednesday, the sentencing hearing would be heard, where Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller, meanwhile, had asked the courts for a 15-year prison sentence.
Attorneys for Daggett had argued that due to his childhood, he had suffered as well, asking for a lesser sentence.
Daggett would then be given a chance to speak before Judge Harpool, where he said, ”looking at child porn,” of which he had more than 6,000 images of in total, “helped keep him from raping children as an adult,” as if that were an excuse.
Harpool explained that “the images and videos of child porn — which featured bestiality, rape, and bondage — hurt the victims every time they are viewed or shared,” as reported by the<a href="https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2018/08/30/ozarks-man-abused-kids-child-porn-helped-him-stop/1142817002/"> Springfield News-Leader</a>.
"You've got to find a better way to deal with it," Judge Harpool said before the court.
Daggett second attorney, defense lawyer Ian Lewis had asked the Judge to consider the several instances where Daggett's admissions about sexually abusing kids shouldn't be considered, since the prosecutors did not present any corroborating evidence of those allegations, despite Daggett admitting the “30 to 40” rapes of children.
US Attorney Miller wanted more time, and foretold tales of Daggett’s childhood, saying that “as a young boy Daggett was sent to therapy,” and then Miller said, “he tried to burn down the therapist's office.”
"We should punish Mr. Daggett for the crime he committed," Lewis said in asking for a 5-year sentence.
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Prosecutors argued that Daggett had grown up in New Hampshire and Maine, but then later traveled to Springfield and Joplin in recent years, suggesting he would have fled the state and then victimized others if released.
Judge Harpool said that his decision was one that needed to find a sentence that would protect the public from Daggett, ensuring it was fair and that he wouldn't reach the point of being victimized.
"I simply can't understand how anyone finds images of children or children themselves to be sexually exciting," Harpool said. "I'm confident our society should be better than that."
Judge Harpool said he understands Daggett had a difficult life, both having to grow up in foster care and group homes, as well as having dealt with Asperger syndrome, and suffering physical abuses himself, but he had made his mind up.
Harpool sentenced Daggett to a 12-year detainment in a federal penitentiary, which is to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, and to pay restitution to the known victims of which he possessed and distributed their child pornography.
"Please get help before you get out," Harpool pleaded. "Let's not have any more victims."
<b>There would be more, however.</b>
Also targeted per a criminal investigation spawning from information that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via their CyberTipline provided was 20-year-old Wyatt Max Snavely, of Joplin, Missouri, who the Department of Justice says was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Missouri, on Snavely in May of this year as well.
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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) then received via their Cybertipline three separate and disturbing reports about Wyatt Max Snavely. The tips alleged he was a dangerous pedophile, because he had hundreds of images of child pornographic materials involving tiny children had been uploaded to Snavely's Google Gmail accounts in February.
The NCMEC passed along the information to local authorities, the Joplin Police Department in cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE), the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division, and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force. The group then began to monitor the activities of Mac Wayne Snavely, until they had substantial confidence he was indeed engaged in the illicit and criminal online distribution of child pornography which depicted toddler and prepubescent aged children engaged in forced sexual abuse at the hands of adults.
A search warrant was quickly followed, where the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force alongside Joplin Police would raid the home of Max Wayne Snavely and seize four mobile phones; several variants of digital storage devices including portable hard drives, SD Cards, and SD card readers; a laptop computer; and tablet electronic devices.
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After further analysis of those devices, the cooperative law enforcement agencies say that they discovered shocking one-thousand images and videos of child pornography, some of which were depicting toddler, prepubescent, and adolescent children a horrendous display of sexual abuse.
Max Wayne Snavely is now in custody and awaiting his return to court, where the receiving and distributing child pornography, where he will face trial in a federal courtroom.
Each of these men is now off the streets and removed from the potential to molest, sexually assault, or further victimize any child with child pornography.
<I>Child pornography is not a victimless crime, and every perpetrating pedophile arrested for the possession, distribution, or simply viewing of child pornography is a criminal.</i>
<b>At some point in time during the production, possession, viewing, or distribution of child pornographic materials, the child depicted in those images or videos was brutally and horrendously sexually abused if not tortured as a result.</b>
<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">The Department of Justice announced the definitions, and penalties regarding the sexual exploitation of child; either physically, or regarding child pornographuc materials, so that the public can familiarize with each of the federal laws.</span>
<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO U.S. FEDERAL LAW ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY:</span>
<b>Images and videos of which are a depiction of any form of child pornography are not protected under First Amendment rights, and are illegal contraband under federal law, regardless of a state law or local ordinance, which could be handled as two individual cases against those in violation.</b>
<a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2256">Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code</a><b>, defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age).</b>
<i>Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor, and images created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor. The undeveloped film, undeveloped videotape, and electronically stored data that can be converted into a visual image of child pornography are also deemed illegal visual depictions under federal law.</i>
<i>Notably, the legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity. A picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive.</i>
<b>Additionally, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal</b>
<strong><span style="color:blue;">Federal law prohibits the production, distribution, reception, and possession of an image of child pornography using or affecting any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce (See<a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2251"> 18 U.S.C. § 2251 </a>(Sexual Exploitation of Children);<a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2252"> 18 U.S.C. § 2252 </a>(Certain Activities Relating to Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minor);<a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2252A"> 18 U.S.C. § 2252A </a>(Certain Activities Relating to Material Constituting or Containing Child Pornography).</span></strong>
<i>Specifically, Section 2251 makes it illegal by federal law to either persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for purposes of producing visual depictions of that conduct.</i>
<b>Any individual who attempts or conspires to commit a child pornography offense is also subject to prosecution under federal law.</b>
<i>Federal jurisdiction is implicated if the child pornography offense occurred in interstate or foreign commerce. This includes, for example, using the United States Mails or common carriers to transport child pornography across the state or international borders. Additionally, federal jurisdiction almost always applies when the Internet is used to commit a child pornography violation.</i>
<i>Even if the child pornography image itself did not travel across state or international borders, federal law may be implicated if the materials, such as the computer used to download the image or the CD-ROM used to store the image, originated or previously traveled in interstate or foreign commerce.</i>
<i>In addition, Section 2251A of Title 18, United States Code, specifically prohibits any parent, legal guardian or another person in custody or control of a minor under the age of 18, to buy, sell, or transfer custody of that minor for purposes of producing child pornography.</i>
<i>Lastly, Section 2260 of Title 18, United States Code, prohibits any persons outside of the United States to knowingly produce, receive, transport, ship, or distribute child pornography with intent to import or transmit the visual depiction into the United States.</i>
<i>Any violation of federal child pornography law is a serious crime, and convicted offenders face severe statutory penalties.</i>
<i>For example, a first-time offender convicted of producing child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2251, face fines and a statutory minimum of 15 years to 30 years maximum in prison</i>.
<i>A first-time offender convicted of transporting child pornography in interstate or foreign commerce under 18 U.S.C. § 2252, faces fines and a statutory minimum of 5 years to 20 years maximum in prison.</i>
<i>Convicted offenders may face harsher penalties if the offender has prior convictions or if the child pornography offense occurred in aggravated situations defined as (i) the images are violent, sadistic, or masochistic in nature, (ii) the minor was sexually abused, or (iii) the offender has prior convictions for child sexual exploitation.</i>
<b>In these circumstances, a convicted offender may face up to life imprisonment.</b>
<I>It is important to note that an offender can be prosecuted under state child pornography laws in addition to, or instead of, federal law, which could potentially mean additional imprisonment.</i>
<i>The scourge of child pornographic distribution continues to be eliminated under the Trump Administration, which has result in over 9000 arrests related to human and child-sex trafficking, child molestation, or child pornography since President Trump's inauguration in January of 2017, setting records in the widespread victories against the rampant pedophilia in America.</i>
<b>If you know of any child who may have been a victim of sexual exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit the NCMEC’s website where you can find assistance directly dependent upon the specific case you're interested in finding information for.</b>
<i>Members of the public who have information about child-sexual predators are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.</i>
<a href="https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form">They can also submit a tip over the internet by completing ICE’s online form by clicking here.</a>
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-predator/id695130859?mt=8"> Apple's App Store and iTunes</a>; the Android version is also available via<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.java.ice"> Google Play Store</a>.
<b>It is also time that we as a society hold our elected officials accountable in demanding stricter punishments be enforced with tough new legislation against anyone who would victimize a child, of either life imprisonment, of capital punishment. Oftentimes, they are released and re-offend. There is no rehabilitation for child sex offenders.</b>
<a href="https://www.house.gov/Representatives">Click here to find your elected officials in the House of Representatives.</a>
<a href="https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm">Click here to find your elected officials in the United States Senate.</a>
<b>This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.</b>
Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
<strong><span style="color:red;"><a href="https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/report-violations">Need to report a crime involving a child? The Department of Justice has numerous resources available to report all crimes against children on their website, which you can reach by clicking anywhere on this paragraph. The Goldwater supports a prosecution of those who would hurt, exploit, molest, or kill children to the fullest extent of the law, and would encourage the public to contact the authorities in any consideration of a crime having occurred.</a></span></strong>
<i>Thank you to the Department of Justice, and all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the job-governmental agencies involved in these executions of successful operations against pedophiles and child pornographic distribution rings, in order to make our nation, and the world, a safer place to live in, and raise a family.</i>
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