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North Dakota (US), Jun 25 (Canadian-Media): A sentence of 2o years of imprisonment was imposed on Curtis James McGarvey, 52, of Bismarck, North Dakota before U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, in federal court on June 23 after he pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and sexually exploiting a minor, media reports said.
In addition, McGarvey was sentenced to serve 10 years supervised release following his prison term, and was ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution to the victim’s family.
The investigation was done by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation, the Burleigh County (North Dakota) States Attorney’s Office, and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department.
“The defendant targeted and exploited the child victim,” said U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, for the District of North Dakota said in a news release. “His efforts to dehumanize and humiliate the victim stopped with this sentence; a just result to punish this defendant and deter others.”
According to court records and the plea agreement, from Sept 2016 until Jan 2017, and again from Jan 2018 until Apr 2018, McGarvey persuaded, induced, enticed, and forced a minor female victim, 16, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and distributing visual depictions of such conduct. He also her personal information from her home and cell phone and manipulated by anonymously sending her nude photographs to others including her own minor and adult children.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Gary Delorm.
This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators.
Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, more than 25,000 individuals for crimes against children, had been arrested by HSI, including the production and distribution of online child exploitation material, traveling overseas with minors for sex, and sex trafficking of children.
In the year 2019, HSI special agents had arrested more than 3,500 child predators under this initiative and identified or rescued more than 1,000 victims.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.
Any 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.
For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.
HSI, a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, which is an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.