A Virginia man pleaded guilty to guilty to producing child pornography that depicts victims in the Philippines. On Monday, Dwayne Stinson of Manassas pleaded guilty to using the Internet to pay women to sexually abuse as young as six years of age in the Philippines. He produced multiple images of the abuse of the children.

Stinson pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. Sentencing is scheduled for August 24 of this year. According to court documents, from October 2011 until February 2012, the 53-year-old Stinson used an electronic payment service to pay women in the Philippines he was chatting with to sexually abuse children while he directed the abuse. Stinson admitted that some of the children were as young as six or seven years old. He contemporaneously produced numerous screenshot images of the abuse and stored them on his computer.

According to court documents, from at least October 2011 until February 2012, Dwayne Stinson, 53, used an electronic payment service to pay women in the Philippines he was chatting with to sexually abuse children while he directed the abuse. He admitted that some of the children were as young as six or seven years old. The defendant contemporaneously produced numerous screenshot images of the abuse and stored them on his computer.

Stinson pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. His sentencing is scheduled for August 24 of this year. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

This case was brought as part of the nationwide initiative known as Project Safe Childhood, which seeks to address to growth of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, and led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood uses government resources at all levels to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Lechleitner of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., made the announcement of the guilty plea. The Prince William County Police Department and Northern Virginia/District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NOVA/DC ICAC) assisted in the investigation. CEOS Trial Attorney James E. Burke IV and Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Russell for the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.

In a response to Spero News, Rev. Shay Cullen decried the abuse reflected in the case against Stinson. Cullen has been a champion of the rights of vulnerable children and women for many years in the Philippines. As part of his Christian ministry as a Catholic priest, Cullen founded PREDA -- a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the welfare of children and healing the injuries inflicted by pornography, prostitution, and trafficking. In an email, Cullen wrote: “It is  a shocking and apparently never ending child abuse that is going on here through the cyber-sex industry that is damaging children and corrupting  their relatives by the offer of money. We commend the U.S. Department of Justice in fighting this terrible crime against children everywhere. In the Philippines, there has to be a greater  effort by law enforcement to  investigate and infiltrate the sex dens that are doing this evil abuse to children difficult as that may be.”

Cullen also wrote of the work that PREDA does with abused teenagers, who have experienced recovery through therapy and care. “The child abusers and their customers must be brought to  justice and found guilty if the evidence warrants it.”
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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