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Contractor Who was Stationed in Afghanistan is Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sending Images of Child Pornography to a Fort Worth Resident
(FBI) – FORT WORTH, TX – Decemmber 21, 2012 – A New Hampshire man stationed in Afghanistan who sent child pornography to a Fort Worth, Texas, resident, whom he met while he attended DynCorp International job training in Fort Worth, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 240 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. James M. Markwith, 31, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to an indictment charging one count of transporting and distributing a visual depiction of a minor for importation into the U.S. Markwith has been in federal custody since his arrest in June 2012 in the District of New Hampshire on a related charge filed in the Northern District of Texas.
…the toxic culture of the military allows “open and blatant sexual harassment to occur on a daily basis,” and retaliates against its opponents…
…While the military claims a zero-tolerance policy and touts systematic reforms regarding rape and sexual assault, “this rhetoric has failed to change the misogynistic culture of the Army and has not resulted in any meaningful reform or reduction in sexual assaults”… – Military Accused of Nursing Culture of Rape & Retaliation
Halliburton senior vice-president and six others nabbed in prostitution sting
Clifford Pugh – (Culture Map) – October 12, 2012 – A Halliburton senior vice president and six others were arrested Thursday in an undercover prostitution sting in north Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office vice unit focused on suspects soliciting sex online and set up the sting operation from a motel located off I-45 and FM 1960.
Major Eric N. Velez, U.S. Army Reserve, gets 12 years for online enticement of a minor while stationed in Afghanistan (with docs)
Major In The U.S. Army Reserve, Former Police Officer, Sentenced To Twelve Years For Online Enticement
(DoJ) – Tampa, FL – June 22, 2012 – United States District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. sentenced Eric Niels Velez (44, Philadelphia) yesterday to 12 years in federal prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. As part of his sentence, upon his release from prison, Velez is required to serve a 10-year term of supervised release, and register as a sexual offender. He pled guilty on January 30, 2012.
According to court documents, Velez surfed internet chat rooms looking for minors. In August 2010, while stationed in Afghanistan, he initiated contact with an undercover law enforcement officer who was portraying the role of a 14-year-old minor. During this initial contact, Velez asked the purported minor to view his webcam. When she accepted his offer, the screen displayed video of Velez exposing himself and engaging in explicit behavior.
Velez continued to contact the undercover officer for more than six months. During that time he exposed himself on multiple occasions, transmitted numerous videos of himself engaged in explicit behavior, and instructed the purported minor on how to engage in explicit behavior. Velez also routinely asked the “minor” if she had any friends who would like to view his webcam. Consequently, Velez was directed to two other undercover law enforcement officers who were purportedly 10 and 13 years old. He initiated contact with these purported minors on numerous occasions, exposed himself, and instructed them to engage in explicit conduct. Velez engaged in this conduct while stationed overseas in Afghanistan and while at his home in Philadelphia, PA.
Nashua man charged with distributing child pornography while working as a defense contractor in Afghanistan
Joseph G. Cote – (Nashua Telegraph) – NASHUA, NH – June 20, 2012 – A Nashua man was arrested by federal authorities Monday and charged with electronically sending child pornography images while working as a contractor stationed in Afghanistan earlier this year.
James Markwith, 31, of 56 Dexter Drive, was arrested on a warrant charging him with transporting and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed at U.S. District Court in Concord.
Markwith was working for DynCorp International, a defense contractor, and was stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, in April, according to an affidavit filed by FBI special agent Marya Wilkerson.
He was arrested Monday, according to a Nashua police arrest log.
On April 7, Markwith was speaking via Skype, an online video conferencing service, with a person in Fort Worth, Texas, and admitted to having sexual contact with a girl younger than 10, according to the affidavit.
Later that day, Markwith sent eight to 10 images of a very young girl in suggestive poses and partly nude, according to police.
The e-mail arrived in James Charles Cafferty’s inbox on July 14, 2011. Unlike most unsolicited e-mail on the Internet, the message did not pitch mortgages, get rich quick scams, or penis pills. Instead, it provided a link to an under-the-radar child pornography website and the password needed to access it. Cafferty, a diplomatic security officer working for the US government at its London embassy, waited for three days, then clicked on the link. ~ “The hidden side of your soul”: How the FBI uses the Web as a child porn honeypot
Former State Department Agent Sentenced for Transportation of Child Pornography
(FBI) – TAMPA – April 26, 2012 – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that United States District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentenced James Cafferty (45, Largo) to seven years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for transporting child pornography. Cafferty pled guilty on January 5, 2012.