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FL Coach Draws 4 Life Sentences

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Francisco de Aragón, 28

Florida swim instructor sentenced to life for
molesting three 6-year-old girls

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  –  A former swim instructor was handed four life sentences in a Florida court on Friday after being convicted of molesting three of his students in his class at the Deerfield Beach Aquatics Center in 2015.

The three victims, all just 6 years old at the time, testified to have been groped inappropriately by Francisco de Aragón underneath their swim clothes.  Lawyers for De Aragón defended this as a technique and he later testified that there was possibly “accidental contact” and that his actions may have been misinterpreted.

After a three-day trial and four hours of deliberations this past week, de Aragón, 28, was found guilty of all five criminal counts against him – including sexual battery of a child, which comes with an automatic sentence of life imprisonment.

However, de Aragón – who rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in a 25 years behind bars – remains adamant that he is innocent.

“This is not me.  There is no justice in this sentence.  There is no justice in putting a life sentence on a man who is innocent,” he protested.  “The facts in this case show innocence, not guilty, not that I am some monster, not that I am some sort of molester, some secret pedophile.”

It is likely he and his family will appeal the conviction.

“This is a case where they got it wrong,” his father, Frank de Aragón, told local station CBS4.  “An innocent man, who is trying to help people learn and save themselves, is now in prison for life.”

Francisco’s wife, Savannah de Aragón, who is reported to have fled the courtroom in tears, expressed concern for her husband’s safety given his child sex offender status.

“I’m scared and terrified he is going to get hurt in there,” she said.

Texas AG CEU Stops Mineral Wells Pornographer

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~ Indifference will never stop Child Abuse ~

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
Palo Pinto County Man for Possession of
Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 41-year-old Travis Benson Bounds, of Mineral Wells, on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.

Bounds could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

Following CyberTipline reports received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, CEU investigators and agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant at Bounds’ residence, where child pornography was located on his cell phone.

Investigators seized several additional digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Bounds declined to be interviewed.  He was transported to the Palo Pinto County Jail where he will appear before a magistrate.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

If you suspect someone of producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC.

For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety

FL Man Charged With Child Sex Abuse

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Behzad Izadi, 57

Sheriff: Palmetto man could face additional Child Abuse charges

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL  –  Behzad Izadi, 57, of Palmetto has been charged with sexual abuse in Sarasota and Manatee counties after three children disclosed he abused them during parties at his home in 2013, and at a condo he was renting on Siesta Key last year, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.

Izadi was charged May 26 with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious battery with regard to the now 14-year-old victim in Sarasota County.  He had been previously charged May 17 with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly supplying drugs and alcohol to two other teens.

Detectives began investigating Izadi when the 14-year-old Sarasota child told a counselor in April that she was sexually battered at a July 4, 2016 party on Siesta Key.  The alleged victim said that she was invited to the July 4 overnight party with a group of her girlfriends.  Izadi rented the condo on Siesta Beach for the party and was the only adult present.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report:

Izadi bought alcohol for the minors and encouraged them to drink. The victim stated that she had also attended other parties with Izadi where he was “handing out Xanax” to her 13 and 14-year-old girlfriends.

On the night of the incident, the victim said she recalls Izadi touching her twice sexually while she slept on a living room couch, and once after she moved to a bedroom where her friends were sleeping.  Scared and “in shock” over the incident, she called her mother in the morning who came immediately and picked her up.

The victim said she noticed other friends had suddenly stopped hanging out around Izadi and learned of similar incidents.  A second 14-year-old victim reported being touched by Izadi while staying the night at his home.  A third 14-year-old victim said that Izadi would give her two to three Xanax at a time and supplied her with marijuana.  She said she would forget what happened to her those nights about an hour after she took the pills.

The third victim said she would recall some of the events from video snippets taken she discovered on her phone, but did not remember she and her friends “partying.”

A fourth 14-year-old teen was interviewed on May 25 and additional charges could be filed, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Izadi posted bonds totaling $27,500 in Manatee County, and was released May 17.  He was arrested May 28 in Sarasota County and remains in custody on bonds totaling $600,000.

Detectives believe there may be more victims and ask anyone with information regarding Izadi or his actions to contact them the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4916.

TX CEU Visits Round Rock To Roundup Child Pornographer

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Joe Lawrence Islas, 55, of Round Rock TX

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced yesterday that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 55-year-old Joe Lawrence Islas, of Round Rock, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Islas could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

Following a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, CEU investigators executed a search warrant at Islas’ residence, where child pornography was recovered on a digital storage device.

Investigators seized additional digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Islas declined to be interviewed.  He was booked into Williamson County Jail without incident.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

If you suspect someone of producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC.

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety

The CyberTipline 1-800-843-5678

You Are Your Child’s Best Resource

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®

When it comes to keeping your child safe,
YOU are their best resource.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® knows children face risks every day.  That is why NCMEC provides resources to children, teachers, child care providers, parents and others to help keep children safer.  Please take a look at the resources below to learn more about how to keep your children safer.

KidSmartz

KidSmartz is NCMEC’s abduction prevention program that educates families about the 4 Rules of Safety and empowers kids in grades K-5 to make safer and smarter decisions.

NetSmartz® Workshop

Learn more about the Internet safety resources offered by the NetSmartz Workshop.  These interactive educational resources help prepare children to be safer online.

Safety Central

Safety Central is NCMEC’s child safety app, which includes a digital child ID and the latest news and safety tips from NCMEC.  The app even reminds you when it’s time to take a new photo of your child, which is one of the most important tools you would need if your child was missing.

If your child is missing

Learn what to do if your child is missing.  NCMEC recommends you immediately call your local law enforcement agency and then call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678).

Victim and family support

Learn more about the support services NCMEC provides to victims and families coping with the traumatic experiences of abduction and sexual exploitation.

It is because of you that we are able to do so much on behalf of the children who need us most.  Thank you for supporting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®.  Together we are making a difference.

Sincerely,

Callahan Walsh
Child Advocate

Resources:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.org