Pauls Valley couple sentenced to life in prison for ‘horrific’ case of Child Abuse
PAULS VALLEY, OK – An Oklahoma couple who was charged with crimes related to child abuse will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
The investigation began when an agent with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office received two cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® that were reported by Facebook.
“They were seeing activity on the internet that suggested there was a minor being exploited,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said. “The investigation discloses that the crimes that involve the minor child are incredibly distressing.”
Investigators generated over 6,000 pages of communication between the co-defendants and tens of thousands of photos and videos.
Authorities determined that underage victims were beaten, handcuffed and raped. Officials also say there was a plan to commit incest with an unborn child.
Investigators arrested and charged 25-year-old Gerrad Coddington and 30-year-old Christina Nelson-Coddington with 29 counts relating to child abuse including first-degree rape, incest, child abuse, manufacturing child pornography, and lewd acts with a minor.
A Garvin County judge recently sentenced the couple to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children,” Attorney General Hunter said. “These are evil people who presented a danger to society. I commend Judge Edwards’ decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I applaud the investigators with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.”
AG Paxton’s Criminal Investigations Unit Makes First Sextortion Arrest
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton recently commended investigators from the Sextortion Unit in the Criminal Investigations Unit of his office for the arrest of Felipe Jesus Duron, 21, of Atascosa on federal charges of Production of Child Pornography, Coercion and Enticement of a Minor, Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.
On October 15, 2019, the Sextortion Unit, with the assistance of the attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit and FBI San Antonio Child Exploitation Task Force, arrested Duron after a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) CyberTiplinereport revealed a 14-year-old female being coerced to send nude images to Duron via a social media account.
The investigation revealed that Duron requested and received nude images of the underage victim then threatened public exposure of these images if additional nude images were not sent. Duron also used this tactic to force the young victim into online sexual acts with other males while he recorded the activities. This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas.
“Dangerous predators can infiltrate any home through computers, tablets, or phones. Unfortunately, criminals lurking online often target our most vulnerable citizens and seek to exploit children,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I am grateful for the work of our Sextortion Unit and the dedicated law enforcement officials they work with to bring criminals like this to justice.”
Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.
This case marks the first arrest by a state grant-funded investigation position in the Texas Attorney General’s Office that focuses on sexual coercion.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.
If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC. CyberTipline 1-800-843-5678
Amber Alert lifted after two El Paso
children are found in Juarez
EL PASO, Texas – KFOX14 has received permission from Dayanna Narvaez, a friend of the children’s mother to use the image of the reunion between Leonardo Ortega and Matias Carrillo with their mother after they were found safe in Juarez, Mexico.
According to police, the two missing boys, who were believed to be in immediate danger, were found safe and unharmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Police say Ortega, 8, and Carrillo, 2, were unharmed and returned to El Paso early Sunday morning.
The children have been returned to their mother by U.S. marshals and the FBI.
Authorities said no arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.
Police said they were looking for Justin Carrillo, 26, in connection with the children’s abduction Saturday morning.
Carrillo was believed to be driving a black, 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Texas license plate number KYR4562.
“I do not appreciate the media filtering my search engine results, most particularly when it involves Children being Abused or Trafficked, so here are the names of the 7 defendants charged:”
“The seven defendants charged in the indictment are Michael Lacey, 69, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; James Larkin, 68, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Scott Spear, 67, of Scottsdale, Arizona; John E. “Jed” Brunst, 66, of Phoenix, Arizona; Daniel Hyer, 49, of Dallas, Texas; Andrew Padilla, 45, of Plano, Texas and Jaala Joye Vaught, 37, of Addison, Texas.”
~ Robert StrongBow ~
“Website founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering.”
April 9, 2018
PHOENIX, AZ – The founders of Backpage.com and five others at the classified site have been indicted on federal charges in what authorities say was a scheme to facilitate prostitution by running ads for sexual services and hiding their revenues.
An indictment unsealed Monday alleges that Backpage.com on some occasions had helped customers edit their ads so they would stay within legal limits while still encouraging commercial sex.
In one area, the indictment reads, “for several years, Backpage’s official policy, when presented with an ad featuring child prostitution, was to delete the particular words in the ad denoting the child’s age and then publish a revised version of the ad.”
It also says that Backpage claimed it does everything in its power to alert the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children whenever it becomes aware that a child is being advertised on the website.
But the indictment alleges that Backpage implemented policies to limit referrals to NCMEC.
The indictment says a top official emailed another saying, “If we don’t want to blow past 500 (referrals to NCMEC) this month, we shouldn’t be doing more than 16 a day.”
Other documents are referred to in the indictment saying a training document instructed website moderators not to send emergency alerts to NCMEC in response to complaints filed by the grandparents or other extended family being advertised on the website.
Website founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering.
They are already facing state money laundering charges in California.
Larry Kazan, who represents Lacey, didn’t return a call seeking comment. There is no listing for Larkin’s attorney.
Seven defendants charged in the indictment include three people from North Texas, 49-year-old Daniel Hyer, of Dallas, 45-year-old Andrew Padilla, of Plano, and 37-year-old Jaala Joye Vaught, of Addison.
Authorities also have seized Backpage.com and its affiliated websites.
Julia Walsh, a sex trafficking survivor from the DFW area, says that she was sold for sex on Backpage for almost 3 years.
By age 19, she says men were paying as little as $40 for sexual encounters.
Walsh says she was trafficked from 2010 to 2014, and that her first trafficker was her boyfriend.
“They would post an ad about me, and we’d get over like 50 calls within an hour that’s just how many people are visiting the website,” Walsh said.
Walsh says she would have at least 200 sexual encounters with customers weekly.
“Probably about 210. Sometimes more and sometimes less. It depends what city we were in and what time of day it was,” Walsh said.
Now 26, Walsh says she was rescued during a police sting in 2014.
That was just two years before agents raided Backpage’s Dallas headquarters. On Monday, Attorney General Ken Paxton said that evidence was taken during the raid that was crucial to crafting the 93-count indictment.
At the time, CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested on pimping charges. He isn’t charged in the indictment, but throughout the documents, a person with knowledge about the company is constantly referenced and is only identified with the initials “C.F.”
Tonya Stafford, a sex trafficking survivor who helps rescue women and children sold for sex online, applauded the website’s demise.
Stafford was sold for drugs when she was 13. From 1988 to 1997 she was held against her will.
Through her program “It’s Going to Be Ok, Inc.” she helps find new homes for sex trafficking victims.
She said she often visited Backpage for rescues.
“If a parent calls me or messages me saying their child is missing…I have to go through page after page,” Stafford said. “That’s the hardest part.”
On June 23rd, Stafford will be hosting the 2nd Annual Stop The Traffick Walk near Bachman Lake.