Houston-Metro ICAC Task Force

Houston-Metro ICAC Task Force The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of a Law Enforcement who collaborate to combat online child sexual exploitation.
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Operating as usual

02/08/2021

Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day!! Sexting is the ICAC Task Force Program’s theme for this year. Please tell your friends and family! Let’s make the Internet a safer place for our kids! #SaferInternetDay

The Houston-Metro ICAC Task Force is getting ready #SaferInternetDay on Tuesday, February 9th. Please join us in making ...
02/02/2021

The Houston-Metro ICAC Task Force is getting ready #SaferInternetDay on Tuesday, February 9th. Please join us in making the Internet a safer place for children!

06/30/2020

June is National Internet Safety Month.. With children confined to their homes due to COVID-19, now is a time to get more involved in their online activity!!

05/13/2020
A21

Join us on FACEBOOK LIVE at 3PM EST TOMORROW for a conversation around Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Online Safety. You'll hear from, Steve Grocki Chief of the USDOJ's Child Exploitation Section, Callahan Walsh, a child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, John Pizzuro, Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Mi Yung Park, Government Relations Director for A21. In a time where there's an expected increase in online exploitation, especially among minors, this information could save another life and equip you with the knowledge needed to recognize a dangerous situation before it happens.

Tune in: Facebook.com/A21Campaign

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Today is National Wear Blue Day! to support Child Abuse Prevention Month.
04/03/2020

Today is National Wear Blue Day! to support Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Happy #SaferInternetDay! 100+ countries are together for a better internet. Get involvedSID2020.org #SID2020We’re creati...
02/11/2020
Safer Internet Day USA

Happy #SaferInternetDay! 100+ countries are together for a better internet. Get involved
SID2020.org #SID2020
We’re creating, connecting and sharing respect on the internet at #SaferInternetDay! Participate
via live stream at SID2020.org #SID2020

New Homepage SAFER INTERNET DAY USA Official home of U.S. Safer Internet Day #SID2020 Get Involved ConnectSafely welcomes you to the U.S. home of Safer Internet Day Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is em...

Proud supporter of #SaferInternetDay, hosted in the US by @ConnectSafely. Join us via livestream on Tuesday, February 11...
02/10/2020
Safer Internet Day USA

Proud supporter of #SaferInternetDay, hosted in the US by @ConnectSafely. Join us via live
stream on Tuesday, February 11 at 10:00 am PST SID2020.org #SID2020
#SaferInternetDay is tomorrow! Check out the live stream at SID2020.org #SID2020
We're ready for #SID2020! Houston Metro ICAC is committed to ensuring a better internet for all!
Learn what you can do SID2020.org

New Homepage SAFER INTERNET DAY USA Official home of U.S. Safer Internet Day #SID2020 Get Involved ConnectSafely welcomes you to the U.S. home of Safer Internet Day Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is em...

01/27/2020

The Houston Metro ICAC joins @ConnectSafely in support of #SaferInternetDay. Learn how to get
involved at SID2020.org #SID2020
Everyone has a role to play in creating a better internet - it starts with you! Join
@ConnectSafely for #SaferInternetDay to play your part in creating a better internet for
everyone SID2020.org #SID2020
Get involved! Celebrate #SaferInternetDay with @ConnectSafely on Tuesday, February 11 at
10:00 am PST via live stream at SID2020.org #SID2020
No matter where you are, you can celebrate #SaferInternetDay via live stream SID2020.org
#SID2020
We're ready for #SID2020! Houston Metro ICAC is committed to ensuring a better internet for all!
Learn what you can do SID2020.org

https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Montgomery-County-investigator-returns-to-Conroe-14837974....
11/15/2019
Montgomery County investigator returns to Conroe PD after shielding kids from online predators

https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Montgomery-County-investigator-returns-to-Conroe-14837974.php?utm_campaign=CMS+Sharing+Tools+%28Desktop%29&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral

Video evidence is the kind of corrosive content Nichols, 48, labored through to advocate for children as an investigator on the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which targets online predators. In that capacity, he helped net nearly 50 prison convictions.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
09/12/2019
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Do you recognize this man?

The FBI is asking for help from the public in ID'ing and locating an unknown man who may have what they have termed "critical information" about the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

Suburban Houston Man Gets 34 Years for Sexually Exploiting a Child HOUSTON – A 41-year-old resident of New Caney has rec...
09/09/2019
Project Safe Childhood

Suburban Houston Man Gets 34 Years for Sexually Exploiting a Child



HOUSTON – A 41-year-old resident of New Caney has received a massive sentence following his conviction of producing and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Joshua James Holmstedt pleaded guilty April 16, 2019.



Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew A. Hanen handed Holmstedt a sentence of 360 months for the sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production of child pornography. He also received 120 months for the possession of child pornography - 48 months of which was ordered to run consecutively for a total of 34 years in federal prison. He was also ordered to serve 30 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Holmstedt will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.



Holmstedt came to the attention of law enforcement July 17, 2017, when authorities in the District of Columbia posted an online message as part of an undercover investigation. They then received a message via an application known as Kik from Holmstedt. He communicated with the undercover officer and indicated he had access to two minor children which he proved by sending a picture of himself holding up a specific number of fingers in front of the minor female victim’s face. Over the course of a few days, Holmstedt sent several images of the minor female as well as other images and videos of child pornography. One of the worst videos Holmstedt provided showed him digitally penetrating the minor female. At the time, the victim was only three years of age.



Based on information gathered during the investigation, local authorities were able to locate and identify the victim and the other child mentioned. Holmstedt was located July 21, 2019, at which time he indicated he had destroyed the phone he used to create the images and to communicate with the undercover officer



The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department – FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and FBI Houston conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Montgomery County Constables’ Office – Precinct Four.



Holmstedt has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.



Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

“Sovereign Citizen” Convicted of Child Pornography CrimesGALVESTON, Texas – A 56-year-old resident of Galveston has been...
06/20/2019
Project Safe Childhood

“Sovereign Citizen” Convicted of Child Pornography Crimes

GALVESTON, Texas – A 56-year-old resident of Galveston has been found guilty of receipt and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. found John David Knowlton guilty following a two-day bench trial that concluded today.

During trial, the court heard testimony from multiple law enforcement officers and a Comcast custodian of records.

In February 2016, law enforcement conducted an online session using a publicly available peer-to-peer file-sharing network and located an IP address whose share folder contained images of child pornography. The IP address was associated with Knowlton’s residence.

When law enforcement searched his home, they discovered more than a dozen electronic devices belonging to him that contained child pornography. Forensic analysis found that 18 electronic devices contained thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography, child erotica and artifacts of child pornography.

Knowlton had opted to represent himself at the trial with the court-appointed shadow defense counsel. He rehired that counsel this morning. Knowlton, identifying as a sovereign citizen, argued that the federal judicial system had no jurisdiction over him. The court was not persuaded by his arguments and found him guilty as charged.

Judge Hanks set sentencing for Aug. 28, 2019. At that time, Knowlton faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years for the receipt of child pornography and up to 10 years imprisonment for the possession charge.

Previously released on bond, Knowlton was taken into custody after the guilty verdict where he will remain pending sentencing.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Pearland Police Department and Galveston Police Department’s - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zahra Jivani Fenelon and Kimberly Leo prosecuted the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Another amazing effort by the members of the Houston Metro ICAC Task Force. Thanks to all the work from these dedicated ...
03/29/2019
75-year-old man among 9 arrests in undercover chat operation

Another amazing effort by the members of the Houston Metro ICAC Task Force. Thanks to all the work from these dedicated investigators, nine suspects were placed into custody. Special thanks to the Harris County Pct. 1 Constable’s office for hosting the operation and dedicating resources to fight the battle against child predators.

http://www.fox26houston.com/news/75-year-old-man-among-9-arrests-in-undercover-chat-operation

An Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force effort, led by the Harris County Precinct One Constable's Office, leads to the arrest of nine men during the months of February and March.

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The ICAC Task Force was created to help Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. The program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The ICAC Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in proactive investigations, forensic investigations and criminal prosecutions.

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