A federal grand jury indicted a 43-year-old registered sex offender from Sea-Tac, Washington for distributing images of child rape via Twitter.
Police arrested the man – not named in this article – in June after an investigation traced images of child rape to his Twitter account and his Internet protocol (IP) address, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office media release.
He has been in custody following his arrest on state charges. He will be arraigned on the indictment on Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, according to the Kent Reporter news magazine.
Due to the prior convictions, the man faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison if convicted of distribution of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
The Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, the Kent Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.
According to records filed in King County (Washington) Superior Court and in U.S. District Court, between September 2014 and February 2015, Twitter made reports to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) about images of child rape uploaded to the Internet.
The reports resulted in a law enforcement investigation involving Western Washington’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The investigation revealed that the Internet address reportedly involved in the distribution of the sexually explicit images was used by the man.
Detectives also found out the man had two 1996 convictions for first-degree child molestation.