National law enforcement task force sweeps U.S. in search of child predators
Cleveland – The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is proud to announce that its members across the country arrested approximately 1,370 child predators and conducted approximately 2,300 community presentations on Internet safety during the months of April and May as part of “Operation Broken Heart III.”
Operation Broken Heart III included more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from 61 ICAC Task Forces. These agencies conducted and coordinated simultaneous investigations with the goal of arresting as many child sexual exploitation offenders as possible during the two-month period. The 61 ICAC Task Forces throughout the United States made the arrests, then collected and shared the statistics with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, DC.
The national crackdown targeted offenders who: (1) possess, manufacture, and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution); and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children).
The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and its affiliate agencies throughout the state were responsible for 21 arrests and 43 community outreach presentations to more than 3,400 individuals during April and May. Notable arrests and indictments in Ohio during Operation Broken Heart III included the following cases:
- JARED SCHWIND (Columbus; Franklin County)
In April 2016, the Franklin County ICAC Task Force received a complaint from Verizon Wireless concerning child pornography contained within a cloud storage account belonging to Schwind. During the investigation that followed, the Franklin County ICACTask Force learned that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office had recently received a complaint that Schwind had sexually assaulted a friend’s child in Madison County. On May 5, the Franklin County ICAC Task Force and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Schwind’s residence. During a search of Schwind’s mobile
phone, investigators located nude images of the child in Madison County who had allegedly been assaulted by Schwind. Schwind was arrested on May 5 and charged with the possession of child pornography in Franklin County. Possible charges are pending in Madison County related to the sexual assault of the minor child.
- JORY LEEDY (Franklin; Warren County)
In April 2016, the Greater Cincinnati ICAC Task Force arrested 46-year-old Jory Leedy following a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office investigation which began in December 2015. Investigators learned that Leedy, of Franklin, Ohio, engaged in sexual conduct with two minor male children after meeting the boys while volunteering as a bus driver for Target Ministries in Dayton. This meeting led to Leedy establishing a relationship with both boys and allowed him access to their homes and family lives. This relationship
ultimately led to Leedy taking the children on out-of-state trips and hotel stays where he ultimately engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex. Only after the boys’ father confronted Leedy and called the police, did the family learn that Leedy was a registered sex offender. Leedy had purposely provided a false name to the boys’ mother to keep her from uncovering his status as a registered sex offender. Leedy was charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child under 13. This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office; Southern District of Ohio. The task force was assisted
in this investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- WILLIAM CANDEE (Cleveland; Cuyahoga County)
On April 6, the Ohio ICAC Task Force executed a search warrant at a Cleveland residence on the east side of the city based on a peer-to-peer investigation initiated by ICAC investigators. The task force interviewed two individuals of interest during the search; however neither admitted to using file sharing software or having any knowledge or interest in child pornography. An on-scene forensic examination failed to find any evidence of file sharing programs or child pornography. During the interviews, the task force learned from these individuals that a downstairs neighbor, identified as 56-year-old William Candee, had asked to use their Internet service. The task force obtained a second search warrant and while attempting to make entry into the downstairs residence, encountered Candee inside with his girlfriend. Candee was advised that the search warrant involved child pornography and he immediately admitted to downloading images containing child pornography to his laptop computer using the Internet service of his upstairs neighbors. An on-scene forensic examination of Candee's laptop located more than 100 child pornography images and videos. Candee was arrested without incident and transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail where he was initially held on a $10,000 bond. On May 31, Candee was indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on 66 counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance and one count of Possessing Criminal Tools. This case is being prosecuted by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
- DAVID LEE BOESEN (Cleveland; Cuyahoga County)
On April 6, 32-year-old David Lee Boesen of Hampton, Virginia, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury on one count of coercion or enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of travel in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in any illicit sexual conduct with another person. This indictment was based on an investigation initiated by the Ohio ICAC Task Force in Cleveland. Boesen was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after flying from Virginia on March 18 to engage in sexual activity with what he believed to be a minor child. An inventory of Boesen's personal belongings incident to his arrest turned up an Apple IPhone containing a wallpaper image of the 14-year-old child, a pink sex toy with batteries purchased for the child, two boxes of condoms and a cell phone purchased for the child with a contract in her name. Boesen has prior felony convictions in Virginia state court dating back to 2007 for crimes related to use of a communications system to contact a minor and attempted indecent liberties with a minor. This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office; Northern District of Ohio. The task force was aided in this investigation and arrest by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the Cleveland Police Department, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service, as well as the Bedford County (VA) Sheriff's Office and the Southern Virginia ICAC Task Force.
- JAMES O’CONNOR (Solon; Cuyahoga County)
On May 24, the Ohio ICAC Task Force mobile investigations vehicle was deployed at the request of the Solon Police Department to assist with the execution of a search warrant at the Solon residence of 59-year-old James O'Connor based on an investigation initiated by the Solon Police Department. James O'Connor was identified as a suspect after the Solon Police Department received information that he had touched the breasts of his then 14-year-old victim and that he provided a sex toy for her. A forensic examination was conducted by the task force of a laptop belonging to the suspect which was turned over by the victim's mother. This examination uncovered video of the suspect setting up hidden cameras to record the victim without her knowledge. This examination assisted the Solon Police Department in obtaining a search warrant for O’Connor’s residence. The task force assisted the Solon Police Department in searching the residence and interviewing a witness who admitted having knowledge of some of his activities. James O'Connor was arrested on a charge of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance. This case is being prosecuted by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is run under the direction of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and funded in part by a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Since its inception in 1999, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been responsible for the arrest of more than 2,000 child exploitation offenders and has provided more than 1,800 community outreach presentations to 169,000 individuals.
Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: 216.443.7488 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org