WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, with U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the U.S.
Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana today announced the complete results of one of the
largest online child exploitation investigations in the history of ICE, involving victims in 39 states
and five countries.
Fourteen men operating a child pornography website on the Darknet's Onion Router, also known as
Tor, have been arrested and charged as part of a conspiracy to operate a child exploitation enterprise, following an extensive international investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and USPIS. Eleven have been federally charged in the Eastern District of Louisiana and three in other districts. All are in federal custody.
HSI special agents from Dallas identified 15 victims throughout north Texas as part of this
operation. Five of these victims were identified from Dallas; four from Tyler; three from
Lubbock; two from San Angelo; and one victim was identified from Amarillo.
"Every day the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security work to keep our nation
safe and a major part of that effort is the work of ICE Homeland Security Investigations, one of the
largest investigative agencies with jurisdiction over a wide range of crimes spanning the U.S. and the
entire globe," said Secretary Johnson. "I am proud of the work done by the HSI special agents to not
only detect this operation and arrest those involved in the conspiracy, but also their efforts to identify
and bring support to the many young victims and their families."
So far, investigators have identified 251 minor victims in 39 states and five foreign countries: 228 in
the United States and 23 in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium.
Eight of the victims were female and 243 were male. The majority of victims, 159, were 13 to 15
years old. Fifty nine victims were 16 and 17; 26 victims were 10 to 12; four victims were 7 to 9; one victim was 4 to 6; and two victims were 3 years old or younger. All victims have been contacted by law enforcement and U.S. victims offered support services from HSI victim assistance specialists.
"These indictments represent a strong coordinated strike – by Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service, and several U. S. Attorney's Offices around the country – against child
pornography and those who allegedly seek to harm our most vulnerable citizens, our young
children," stated U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr.
The website's primary administrator, Jonathan Johnson, 27, of Abita Springs, La., has been charged
with operating a child exploitation enterprise. He admitted to creating multiple fake female personas
on popular social networks to target and sexually exploit children and to coaching other child
predators in his inner circle to do the same. Jonathan Johnson has been in federal custody since his
arrest June 13, 2013, and faces 20 years to life in prison.
"Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims
in the course of a single child exploitation investigation," said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale.
"Our agency is seeing a growing trend where children are being enticed, tricked and coerced online
by adults to produce sexually explicit material of themselves. While we will continue to prioritize
the arrest of child predators, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem: education is the key to
"Protecting children from crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation is a priority for the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service," stated Gerald O'Farrell, inspector in charge of Criminal Investigations, National
Headquarters. "I'm proud of the work of the Postal Inspection Service and our investigative partners
to bring child predators to justice. U.S. Postal inspectors have investigated these crimes for more
than a century. While the predators' use of sophisticated technology has evolved, the core harm has
not changed: a child's lost innocence. We will not lose sight of this, and remain steadfast in our
efforts to investigate, apprehend, and assist in the prosecution of those who seek to exploit children
via the U.S. mail."
The underground website was a hidden service board on the Tor network and operated from about
June 2012 until June 2013, at which time the site contained more than 2,000 videos and had more
than 27,000 members. The website shared webcam-captured videos of mostly juvenile boys enticed
by the operators of the site to produce sexually explicit material. Tor enables online anonymity,
directing Internet traffic through a volunteer network consisting of thousands of relays to conceal a
The investigation was dubbed ‘Operation Round Table' and began with the arrest of Jonathan
Johnson by USPIS and HSI. Further computer forensic analysis by HSI revealed Jonathan Johnson
to be the creator and administrator of the underground website. Ten additional individuals have been
arrested and charged in the Eastern District of Louisiana as the primary operators, contributors and
producers of material for the child exploitation enterprise:
- Daniel Nolan Devor, 39, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
- John C. Foster, 44 of Tipp City, Ohio, charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
- Aung Gaw aka Michael Gaw, 25, of Fremont, Calif., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography
- Sean Jabbar, 32, of Minneapolis, Minn., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Christopher Jamieson, 30, of Douglassville, Ga., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Andrew Korpal, 29, of Granger, Ind., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Wash., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Christopher Schwab, 25 of New Orleans, charged with production of child pornography,distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography
- Stanley Zdon, III, 27, of Tuckerton, N.J., charged with conspiracy to produce childpornography
Roy Naim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged in the Eastern District of New York with conspiracy
to produce child pornography, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography,
and possession of child pornography. Minh Vi Thong, 30, of Denver, Colo., was charged in the
District of Colorado with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and
possession of child pornography. Michael Eales, 24, of Westby, Wis., was charged in the Western
District of Wisconsin with production of child pornography. He was sentenced Oct. 29, 2013, to
serve two concurrent 30-year terms in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release,
for manufacturing child pornography.
More than 300 investigations have been opened into potential subscribers of the website: 150 in the
United States and 150 overseas. Investigators anticipate ongoing arrests and additional identification
of victims as they continue to examine and analyze the more than 40 terabytes of data seized.
The prosecution of this case in the Eastern District of Louisiana is being handled by Fraud Unit
Chief and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.
Substantial assistance in this ongoing case is being provided by the National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children, the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Operation Round Table was conducted as part of HSI's Operation Predator to identify and rescue
victims of online sexual exploitation and to arrest their abusers as well as others who own, trade and
produce images of child pornography.
Last fiscal year, 2,099 child predators were arrested by HSI on criminal charges related to the online
sexual exploitation of children. In 2012, 1,655 child predators were arrested, 1,335 were arrested in
2011, and 912 were arrested in 2010. Since 2003, HSI has initiated more than 29,000 cases and
arrested more than 10,000 individuals for these types of crimes. HSI encourages the public to report
suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-
ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Tips can
also be made through HSI's Operation Predator smartphone app, which can be downloaded at
http://bit.ly/1eixbIM. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free
24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
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