By Daniel Webster, dweb.News
Orlando, Florida – U.S. district Judge Wendy W. Berger sentenced Xzavier Scholtens (20 from Palm Bay) today to 10 years in federal jail for using the internet as a means to transport and possess videos that depict the sexual abuse of children. Scholtens was also sentenced to 25 years of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.
This case stemmed from an undercover operation that was conducted online by agents from Homeland Security Investigations in McAllen, Texas. The undercover operation was conducted against individuals who were using social media platforms on the internet to distribute and trade child sex abuse videos and images.
Scholtens emailed one of the undercover agents on November 19, 2019 and offered to trade. The undercover agent replied that Scholtens should first send something to get something in return. Scholtens sent a hyperlink shortly after that directed to a cloud storage folder containing 12 videos. Each video depicted sexual abuse of young children aged between 1 and 15 years.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), McAllen, Texas, Rockledge, Florida, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. It was prosecuted in the United States by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. L. Chang.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood. It was a nationwide initiative that the Department of Justice launched in May 2006 to combat the growing problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Project Safe Childhood is led by the United States Attorneys Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. It marshals federal and state resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children and to rescue them. Visit http://www.justice.gov/psc for more information on Project Safe Childhood.
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