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SEX CRIMES-Possession of Child Porn or Allegations involving Minors.

LJRH Law’s Recent Results

Recent Results:

DISCLAIMER: Our website describes some of the legal matters that the attorneys of The Law Offices of Joanne Roney Hepworth have worked on in the past. Our description of those cases is summary in nature. You should be aware that the results obtained in each of the legal matters we have worked on was dependent on the particular facts of each case. The results of other cases will differ based on different facts involved. Nothing herein is intended to nor constitutes a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Every case is different and outcomes will vary depending on the unique facts and legal issues of your case.

a. Case #1 (F B DDC 2013): Defendant was arrested in a sting operation for allegedly attempting to induce a (fictitious) underage individual to engage in sexual activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2422(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life). Defendant contacted an undercover officer on a social networking website for adult gay men. The undercover officer was posing as an older adult man which fit defendant’s sexual preference. While arranging to meet, the undercover officer mentioned he was going to bring an underage boy with him as well. Defendant showed no interest in the boy, but when defendant arrived near the meeting spot, defendant was arrested by law enforcement. Attorneys at The Law Offices of Joanne Roney Hepworth fought hard to get the government to dismiss the sect; 2422(b) charge of inducement, which they did.; But then the government charged the defendant with traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sex in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2423(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both). The government’s evidence included recorded phone calls, online chats, prior Skype chats and child pornography found on the defendant’s computer. After aggressively fighting the government through two Jury Trials, both of which resulted in hung juries, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Joanne Roney Hepworth finally forced the government to dismiss all charges against the defendant.

b.    Here are few of our pleadings from this case:
i.    Motion To Suppress Statements (ECF 51)
ii.    Motion In Limine To Exclude Testimony Regarding Other Cases (ECF 56)
iii.    Motion In Limine To Exclude Testimony of Agent Palchak as to Non-Testifying Third Parties (ECF 57)
iv.    Memorandum in Opposition to Government’s Motion In Limine To Introduce Evidence Pursuant To F.R.E. 404(b) and 414 (ECF 70)
v.    Reply To Government’s Opposition To Defendant’s Motion To Suppress Statements (ECF 75).
vi.    Motion and Supporting Memorandum For Judgment of Acquittal (ECF 116)
vii.    Motion to Modify Conditions of Release (ECF 118)

b.    Case #2 (J B DDC 2011):  Defendant was arrested in a sting operation for allegedly attempting to induce a (fictitious) underage individual to engage in illicit sexual activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2422(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life).  However, the defendant was actually charged with traveling to engage in illicit sex with a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2423(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both) and possessing child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(5)(B) (potential penalty: shall be fined or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both, but, if any image of child pornography involved in the offense involved a prepubescent minor or a minor who had not attained 12 years of age, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 20 years).  The evidence against the defendant included:  emails, online chats, statements of an informant, phone calls, and more than 3 images and more than 25 videos of child pornography which were found on the defendant’s computer.  Thanks to the hard work of Attorney Hepworth, defendant was allowed to plead guilty to the charges and was only sentenced to 51 months incarceration.

i.    Here are few of our pleadings from this case:
•    Sentencing Memorandum (ECF 35, 38)

c.    Case #3 (G K DDC 2010):  Defendant was arrested in a sting operation for allegedly attempting to induce a (fictitious) underage individual to engage in sexual activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2422(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life).  Law enforcement used a confidential source, who the defendant had previously gotten together with to watch pornography and smoke methamphetamine, to arrange a meeting with the defendant to watch porn and smoke meth.  After the defendant agreed, the confidential source informed the defendant that another adult man and his underage son would be joining confidential source and defendant.  Defendant denied any  intention of having sex with the minor.  Defendant was arrested when he arrived at the agreed meeting place. The evidence against the defendant included: phone calls, text messages, 1.7 grams of meth, and 208 videos and 5 still images of child pornography which were found on the defendant’s computer.  As a result of Attorney Hepworth’s negotiating skills, the defendant was allowed to plead guilty to transporting child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(1) (potential penalty: shall be fined and imprisoned not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years) and 2256(8)), and possessing a controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C. 844(a) (potential penalty: may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and shall be fined a minimum of $ 1,000, or both), resulting in a sentence of 48 months incarceration and a period  of supervised release.

d.    Case #4 (T S DDC 2010):  Defendant was charged with traveling interstate with the intent to engage in illicit sex in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2423(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not less  than 30 years, or both),  two counts of transporting child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(1) (potential penalty: shall be fined and imprisoned not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years) and 2256, and 2246, and possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(5)(B) (potential penalty: shall be fined or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both, but, if any image of child pornography involved in the offense involved a prepubescent minor or a minor who had not attained 12 years of age, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 20 years. Thanks to the strong advocacy of Attorney Hepworth, defendant was allowed to plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2251(a) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 15 years nor more than 30 years) and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2423(b) (potential penalty: shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both) and 2246(2).  Defendant received a sentence of  180 months incarceration and a period  of supervised release.