National Missing Children Awards, 2006
Special Agent James T. Minor, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Bangkok, Thailand, recovered a 6-year-old boy whose noncustodial parent abducted him in Texas and fled to Thailand. As a result of Special Agent Minor's actions, the boy was successfully reunited with his father in 11 days. Lieutenant John R. Arndell, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Silver Springs, NV, and Special Agent John A. Ginocchio, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Reno, NV, rescued an 8-year-old girl who was abducted by a registered sex offender and transported to Mexico. Lieutenant Arndell and Special Agent Ginocchio coordinated the successful recovery of the child, whose kidnapper was sentenced to 17 years in a Mexican federal prison.
Sergeant Michael Hall, Lake Worth Police Department, Lake Worth, FL, rescued an 8-year-old girl who nearly died at the hands of her teenage assailant. The assailant had falsely reported the girl as missing.
National Exploited Children's Awards
Detective Kevin Wiens, Fresno County Sheriff's Department, and Special Agent Mike Prado, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, both of Fresno, CA, acting on a tip from the NCMEC CyberTipline, arrested a youth softball program coach who was trading images of child pornography via e-mail and who also admitted to molesting a 12-year-old girl whom he had coached. Detective Wiens and Special Agent Prado then traveled to Pennsylvania, where they arrested the main purveyor of the pornography they found in Fresno and also uncovered a network of child pornography distributors.
Sergeant Chris Hunt, Indiana State Police, and Special Agent J. Tom Rothrock, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, both of Indianapolis, IN, working with information from the NCMEC Child Victim Identification Program, located a child who had been sexually abused in an Internet video and then tracked down her abuser, a convicted sex offender in possession of child pornography, including images of at least four children he had molested. The man is currently in custody facing life in prison.
In the "Precious Cargo" investigation, the teamwork of four officersTrooper David E. Olweiler, Pennsylvania State Police, and Special Agent Christopher D. Kegerreis, Internal Revenue Service, both of Harrisburg, PA; FBI Special Agent Mike Beaver, Oklahoma City, OK; and FBI Intelligence Analyst Jamie L. Konstas, Washington, DCled to a 33-count federal indictment against 16 individuals involved in child prostitution.
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