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November 26, 2012

Arizona Man Who Traveled to Southern California to Have Sex with Teenage Boy Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

RIVERSIDE, California – A Peoria, Arizona man who admitted that he traveled twice to Southern California to have sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on the Internet was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison.

Michael Killala, 43, was sentenced to 144 months in prison by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

The victim’s mother spoke during today’s sentencing hearing, stating that Killala “preyed on our son for his own perverse sexual gratification.” The woman said that her son was “severely traumatized,” and that he suffered from debilitating anxiety, flashbacks, overwhelming shame, anger, loss of sleep, nightmares, severe depression and fear that Killala was going to kill him.

Killala pleaded guilty in August to two counts of possessing child pornography. Among the images in his possession, Killala possessed two images depicting one of his illicit sexual encounters with the 14-year-old victim.

According to court documents, Killala met the boy on the Internet in 2011, when the victim was 14 and living in Corona, California. Killala visited the boy in December 2011, when they had a sexual encounter. In January 2012, Killala again visited the boy, this time taking him to a hotel in Ontario, California, where he gave the victim vodka before having sex with him. Killala was arrested as he was checking out of the hotel.

A search of Killala’s mobile phone revealed more than 3,000 text messages between Killala and the boy, as well as Killala’s relationship with another teenage boy who exchanged sexually explicit photographs with Killala.

August 3, 2012

Riverside County Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Participating in a Child Pornography File Sharing Network

LOS ANGELES—A Homeland man was been sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison for his participation in a file sharing network in which members traded child pornography, announced André Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Central District of California; and Timothy Delaney, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

George Devinna, 74, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. James Otero late Thursday, July 27, to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. On April 2, Devinna pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Devinna, who has two prior federal child pornography convictions, has been in custody since his arrest in December 2011.

Devinna was charged in a criminal complaint filed on December 9, 2011, with the possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography. During 2011, agents conducting an investigation of illegal file-sharing networks in Rochester, New York and Los Angeles uncovered several images depicting child pornography. Further investigation and subsequent Internet subscriber checks identified the distributor of the illicit images as George Devinna, with an address that matched his Homeland residence. The downloaded images linked to Devinna’s computer included sexually explicit photographs of pre-teen boys.

On December 2, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Devinna’s home, where agents found child pornography and other evidence linking Devinna to the file sharing network. Files found on Devinna’s computer included sexually explicit videos involving pre-teen boys that investigators recognized as part of a documented child pornography series.

June 24, 2012

Robert Peace is arraigned on child pornography charges in Orange County

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 6:24 pm

PEACE, ROBERT VINCENT In 2009, Peace is accused of meeting 13-year-old Jane Doe from Endicott, NY, in an Internet video-chat room on Stickam.com. He is accused of exchanging messages with the victim and instructing her to send him sexually explicit videos of herself masturbating over a two year period. After receiving the videos that he requested, Peace is accused of threatening Jane Doe that he would post the explicit videos on the Internet if she did not continue to send him new pornographic images.

Without the victim’s knowledge, the defendant is accused of posting some of the child pornography videos featuring Jane Doe online. In addition to the videos of Jane Doe, Peace is accused of being in possession of over 1,500 images and more than 300 videos of graphic, sexually explicit child pornography on his computer featuring young teenage girls. The videos include webcam footage.

The defendant was arrested Jan. 20, 2012, in a traffic stop by HBPD, ICE HSI, and OCSD.

Peace is accused of being in possession of additional images of child pornography in his home and vehicle, including images of Jane Doe. Peace is a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Peace has coached children’s recreational soccer teams.

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