A man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the production of child pornography that he shared across the internet. Vincent Sarikey, 35, enticed a 15-year-old girl to produce sexually explicit material and distributed it to other offenders using the messaging application, Telegram. In addition, Sarikey attempted to entice a self-identified 12-year-old girl in Argentina to produce similar material. He distributed explicit videos to the minor in an effort to coerce her into creating more content. Sarikey’s devices contained over 20,000 images and 500 videos of child sexual abuse material, including numerous identified victims. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative aimed at combatting child exploitation and abuse.
Man Sentenced for Production of Child Pornography
Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for production of child sexual abuse material
A man, Vincent Sarikey, formerly of Herndon, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the production of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Court documents reveal that Sarikey enticed a 15-year-old girl to produce CSAM, which he then distributed to other offenders using the messaging application Telegram. In addition, he attempted to entice a 12-year-old girl in Argentina to produce CSAM. However, when she refused and informed him that he would “go to jail,” he distributed sexually explicit videos to her in an attempt to entice her further. These disturbing actions led to his subsequent arrest and conviction.
Offender distributed CSAM on Telegram
Sarikey used the messaging application Telegram to distribute the CSAM he had produced. This platform allowed him to connect with other offenders and share explicit material, further perpetuating the exploitation and abuse of children. His use of modern technology highlights the need for constant vigilance and enforcement to protect vulnerable individuals from predators who employ the internet to commit heinous crimes.
Attempted to entice a 12-year-old girl in Argentina to produce CSAM
During the course of his criminal activities, Sarikey attempted to entice a 12-year-old girl in Argentina to produce CSAM. This shocking act showcases the brazenness and audacity of individuals involved in the production and distribution of such material. Thankfully, the minor recognized the danger and refused to participate, demonstrating the importance of educating young individuals about online safety and empowerment.
Over 20,000 images and 500 videos of CSAM found on offender’s devices
Law enforcement officials discovered a staggering amount of CSAM on Sarikey’s devices, including over 20,000 images and 500 videos. The breadth of this collection highlights the devastating impact of Sarikey’s criminal activities and his role in the widespread distribution of explicit material involving minors. Prosecutors are working diligently to identify and locate the victims depicted in these images and videos, with the ultimate goal of rescuing them from further harm.
Offender discussed his sexual interest in children with a friend
Court documents reveal that Sarikey openly discussed his sexual interest in children with a friend. This chilling revelation sheds light on the disturbing mindset of individuals who engage in such criminal behavior. Sarikey’s willingness to share his thoughts and intentions indicates a level of comfort and normalization within his social circles, underscoring the need for education and awareness to prevent future instances of child exploitation and abuse.
Talked about attempts to meet, groom, and abuse children
Within these conversations with his friend, Sarikey discussed not only his sexual interest in children but also his attempts to meet, groom, and abuse them. This escalation from thought to action demonstrates the dangerous progression that individuals like Sarikey can undergo if left unchecked. It is crucial for law enforcement agencies and community stakeholders to work tirelessly to identify and intervene in these cases before irreversible harm is done to vulnerable children.
Blamed victims for his criminal conduct
Incredibly, Sarikey had the audacity to blame his victims for his criminal conduct. This tactic is a common manipulation technique employed by offenders to absolve themselves of responsibility and further harm their victims psychologically. The fact that Sarikey attempted to shift culpability onto his victims speaks to the importance of providing comprehensive support to survivors of child exploitation and education around consent and boundaries to prevent revictimization.
Additional Charges and Prosecution
Offender faces additional charges for sexual exploitation of a child in the Southern District of Indiana
Sarikey is now facing additional charges for sexual exploitation of a child in the Southern District of Indiana. It is alleged that he sexually abused a child and used that child to produce CSAM almost 15 years ago. These charges underscore the longevity and persistence of offenders involved in child exploitation and their potential to inflict harm across multiple jurisdictions.
Prosecution led by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jessica D. Aber
The prosecution of Sarikey’s case was led by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jessica D. Aber. Under her leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has remained steadfast in their commitment to seeking justice for survivors of child exploitation. Aber’s expertise and dedication are instrumental in holding offenders accountable for their actions and ensuring the safety of vulnerable individuals.
Case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood initiative
Sarikey’s case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, which is a nationwide effort to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006, this initiative brings together federal, state, and local resources to swiftly locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals involved in the exploitation of children. Project Safe Childhood also aims to identify and rescue victims, providing them with the necessary support and resources to begin their healing journey.
Project Safe Childhood
Nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse
Project Safe Childhood is a vital nationwide initiative specifically designed to combat the pervasive issue of child sexual exploitation and abuse. By bringing together resources from various levels of government, this initiative aims to tackle the problem comprehensively, addressing the root causes and providing the necessary tools for intervention and prevention. Through collaborative efforts, the initiative seeks to create a protective shield around vulnerable children to ensure their safety and well-being.
Launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006
The Project Safe Childhood initiative was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, recognizing the urgent need to address the prevalent issue of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Since its inception, this initiative has achieved significant milestones in the collective fight against such heinous crimes. Through strategic planning, enhanced coordination, and increased public awareness, Project Safe Childhood has made substantial strides in raising awareness, facilitating investigations, and supporting survivors.
Collaboration between federal, state, and local resources to locate and prosecute offenders
One of the key strengths of Project Safe Childhood lies in its collaboration between federal, state, and local resources. By pooling together various agencies and organizations, this initiative ensures a coordinated and multi-pronged approach to identifying, locating, and prosecuting offenders. This collaborative effort enables law enforcement agencies to effectively share information and intelligence, leading to the apprehension and successful prosecution of individuals involved in child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Goal to identify and rescue victims
A core goal of the Project Safe Childhood initiative is to identify and rescue victims. Recognizing that children who are subjected to exploitation and abuse may suffer in silence, this initiative strives to provide them with a voice and a pathway to safety. By working closely with support organizations and community partners, Project Safe Childhood seeks to facilitate the rescue of victims, removing them from harmful situations, and connecting them with the necessary resources for healing and recovery.
Announcement and Sentencing
Announcement made by U.S. Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, and FBI Special Agent in Charge
The announcement of Sarikey’s sentencing was made by U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr., and FBI Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs. This joint announcement underscores the collaborative effort among law enforcement agencies in ensuring the successful prosecution of offenders involved in child exploitation and abuse. It also serves as a public proclamation of the commitment to holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and working towards a safer future for vulnerable individuals.
Sentencing conducted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema
Sarikey’s sentencing was conducted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. With their sound judgment and commitment to justice, judges like Brinkema play a pivotal role in safeguarding the rights of survivors and holding offenders accountable for their crimes. It is through their unbiased decision-making that a sense of closure and justice can be achieved, providing survivors with a measure of solace and closure.
Prosecution led by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney McKenzie Hightower and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Withers
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney McKenzie Hightower and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Withers led the prosecution in Sarikey’s case. Their dedication and legal expertise have been instrumental in ensuring a strong and comprehensive case against the offender. As advocates for the prosecution and the community at large, Hightower and Withers represent the unwavering commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to seek justice and protect vulnerable individuals from further harm.
Impact and Victim Support
Over 20,000 images and 500 videos of CSAM found on offender’s devices
The discovery of over 20,000 images and 500 videos of CSAM on Sarikey’s devices highlights the magnitude of his criminal activities. These graphic and explicit materials contribute to the perpetuation of the exploitation and abuse of children. The recovery and analysis of the content found on his devices will play a crucial role in the ongoing investigations to identify and locate the victims depicted in these materials.
486 known series with identified victims
Within the extensive collection of CSAM found on Sarikey’s devices, authorities have been able to identify 486 known series with victims. This revelation underscores the harrowing reality that behind each image and video lies a victim who has been subjected to unspeakable harm. The identification of these victims is crucial not only for their rescue but also for ensuring that they receive the necessary support and assistance to recover and rebuild their lives.
Victim support resources provided as part of Project Safe Childhood initiative
As part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, victim support resources are readily available to survivors and their families. Understanding the unique needs and challenges faced by victims of child exploitation and abuse, this initiative aims to provide comprehensive support to aid in their healing and recovery. Through counseling, therapy, and access to specialized services, survivors can begin their journey towards reclaiming their lives and moving towards a brighter future.
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Former Journalist Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Abuse Material Charges
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Contact information for U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia
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