The world-renown Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is in the news, and it's not related to music; this time after a lead director for the group has been arrested for child pornography and the rape of a one-year-old child.
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The shocking allegations come against 71-year-old David St. George who is now charged for the receipt and possession of child pornography.
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts is now in charge of the case, with the full backing of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Court documents suggest that Homeland Security Investigations in Boston received information regarding an online storage account which was suspected of containing child pornography.
After tracking the IP address of the account, it displayed that St. George’s residence was the location responsible for the original transmission, which would then prompt an investigation into his online history.
The Department of Justice would then contact the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), who organized a collaborative investigative effort with the DOJ.
The joint operation monitored all activities by David St. George, which would then uncover a disturbing 83 images and videos of the sexual abuse of a one-year-old girl.
With the identification of the victim through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, law enforcement agencies had a victim to use as probable cause for a search warrant.
Upon execution of the search warrant at the residence of David St. George, authorities would find <i>thousands of files of child pornography</i>.
Some of the videos had been recorded by St. George himself, depicting the rapes of children between the ages of six and eight-years-old.
The Boston Philharmonic's managing director, Elisabeth Christensen, said on Tuesday they've suspended St. George without pay pending further investigation.
“Boston Philharmonic has taken measures to ensure the safety of its youth orchestra members and if any of them were ever alone with St. George,” Christensen said.
Boston Philharmonic issued a second statement with answers to those questions.
"We are as alarmed and surprised as everyone. The safety of our young musicians is our primary concern," Christensen added.
The affidavit also states that St. George, the former artistic director of the Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra that performed concerts in Cambridge and “held workshops and matinee concerts for children from local schools.”
The agent in charge who drafted the affidavit also noted that since 2015, St. George has occasionally posted articles to the Boston Philharmonic blog, “including reflections on time he spent observing the Boston Philharmonic Youth.”
As recently as September 5th of 2018, a post on the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra blog referred to St. George.
Christensen added St. George “has built a close personal relationship with the members of the BPYO through his attendance at weekly rehearsals, where he frequently intercedes with his insights and coaching,” she said.
The affidavit states that when federal agents searched his home on Tuesday, St. George admitted to investigators that he had a large collection of child pornography that he had collected over a year and a half, often using the dark web and a Protonmail account with the username "Still_a_Boy.”
St. George admitted to investigators that he had initially collected the porn in what he described as a “feverish and crazed” way until he became disgusted with himself and stopped, only to pick it up again in the spring of this year.
A thumb drive found at St. George’s home reveals he downloaded the child pornography as recently as September 3rd.
Investigators also found a three-ring binder inside the home, which had several downloaded child pornography videos.
St. George told investigators he had not engaged in any sexual contact with children and “denied any sexual interest in children apart from looking at child pornography.”
Investigators said that St. George was both receiving and distributing the child pornographic filed through the “dark web,” where he used various aliases to hide his identity, according to detectives.
He is now on the custody of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division.
St. George is currently employed by the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
The charge of <i>receipt of child pornography<i> provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to of 20 years in prison.
The charge of <i>possession of child pornography</i> carries a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison.
Both counts will additionally carry a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the<a href="https://www.ussc.gov/guidelines"> United States Sentencing Guidelines </a>and other statutory factors.
Members of the public who have questions, concerns, or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274 where additional information can be provided.
The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.
Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.
For more information, please visit the <a href="https://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/"> Project Safe Childhood website </a>directly.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Arlington Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Herbert of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
<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</b><a href="https://www.missingkids.com"> NCMEC’s website directly </a><b>to find assistance 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>
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