Child porn case transferred to New York

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) a Juneau man will be prosecuted by the Eastern District of New York rather than the U.S District Court in Juneau on charges of child pornography.

    Scott Funk, 24, was charged in April with production of child pornography, enticement of a minor using the internet, and receipt and possession of child pornography.  U.S District Judge Leslie Longenbaugh approved the transfer of the case to New York. 

    According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who conducted the arraignment in April, Funk came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigators when a parent in the lower 48 discovered electronic communications between Funk and the parent’s minor child. The investigation revealed Funk had communicated with the juvenile from early March to early April using internet-based phone applications and messaging services. Funk directed the minor to produce and send sexually explicit images to Funk, that he received using those internet-based applications and messaging services.

    The Charges and resulting prosecution are part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing Project Safe Child (PSC) initiative and HSI’s initiative to combat child exploitation. In May 2006, DOJ launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, identify and rescue victims and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska.

    If convicted, Funk, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $250,000.

    Launched in 2003, HSI’s initiative to combat child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of more than 14,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. For additional information about these investigations, download HSI’s smartphone app (link is external) or visit the online suspect alerts page.

     

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