New Jersey Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Child Porn
by Jim Kouri
A 22-year-old Fort Lee, New Jersey man, Jeremy Slagle, has been sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for Distributing Material Involving Child Pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor.
Slagle received his sentence on Friday, January 9, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., who, pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, also ordered that the defendant register as a sex offender for the remainder of his lifetime.
Once released from prison, the defendant will be on supervised release for ten years, and he will not be permitted to work or volunteer with children, nor will he be permitted to use or access the Internet without prior written approval. Slagle entered a guilty plea in this case on October 15, 2008.
According to the government's evidence, in December 2007, Metropolitan Police Detective Timothy Palchak assumed the online identity of a cooperating witness. After doing so, Detective Palchak was contacted by Slagle. An on-line conversation between Detective Palchak and Slagle ensued.
During the course of the on-line contact, Slagle sent to Detective Palchak via the Internet 33 images depicting child pornography and eight video clips containing child pornography. Slagle sent the images and video clips containing child pornography from his parents' home in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Law enforcement subsequently executed a search warrant at Slagle's parents' home, and seized Slagle's computer. A search of Slagle's computer revealed over 268 images of child pornography and 21 videos of child pornography.
Some of the images of child pornography possessed and distributed by the defendant involved prepubescent minors or minors who had not attained the age of 12 years, and some of the images and videos he possessed portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence. The images located on Slagle's computer were taken to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children where they were compared with NCMEC's Child Recognition & Identification System. The analysis resulted in 43 of the images being identified as images of known minors, i.e., under age 18.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.