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Posted: August 28, 2020
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Child Sex Tourist Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography and Child Exploitation Crimes


The US Department of Justice released a statement Thursday from Spokane Washington that Facebook had helped them to capture a child predator, who exchanged pornography with and met with young girls from the Philippines, showing that the DOJ would find sexual offenders who harm children in foreign countries.





From the DOJ statement:





Dennis Michael Hogan, age 60, of Deer Park, Washington, was sentenced today to a 15-year term of imprisonment for Online Enticement of a Minor Girl to Engage in Production of Child Pornography and Attempted Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places.





District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced him at the top of the proposed range, to be followed by a lifetime of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.





According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Hogan repeatedly used social media accounts and the Internet to reach out to minor girls in the Philippines.





His minor victims ranged in age from 12 to 17, and each victim told Hogan how old she was. Hogan offered his victims as little as $19 for extremely graphic sexual images that the girls took of themselves and one another to send to him.





Hogan also sent child pornography to his minor victims to groom them and show them the kinds of images he liked.





As Judge Peterson noted, Hogan’s conduct far exceeded producing and collecting child pornography.





The Court found that in addition to the online recruitment of minor victims, Hogan repeatedly traveled to the Philippines and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with his minor victims.





Federal child exploitation investigators from Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) learned about Hogan’s conduct through the CyberTip Program when Facebook alerted law enforcement to the transfer of Hogan’s child pornography images. HSI executed a federal search warrant at Hogan’s home in Deer Park and seized numerous devices and communications.





United States Attorney Hyslop said, “It is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office to protect all children, not just American kids or those who live in Eastern Washington.





We are deeply committed to investigating, prosecuting, and stopping child sexual abuse, including child sex tourism, to the fullest extent possible. The lengthy sentence imposed today sends a strong message that this conduct will not be tolerated, wherever the victims happen to live.





“Today’s sentencing of Dennis Hogan makes it very clear, we will not tolerate child exploitation and those who perpetrate crimes against children,” Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Seattle Eben Roberts said. “We work with our local, national and international partners to investigate and prosecute these crimes by using every available resource to pursue the guilty and protect the innocent.”






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