Hogsett Announces One of the Longest Sentences in District History
Bloomington Man Receives 315 Years in Federal Prison for Felony Offenses of Producing and Trafficking Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 22, 2011|
INDIANAPOLIS—Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced that David R. Bostic, 25, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 315 years in prison today by District Court Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson following his guilty plea to dozens of felony offenses relating to his production and trafficking of child pornography. That sentence represents one of the longest prison terms ever secured by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this district.
“This defendant is among the most dangerous offenders ever prosecuted by this office,” Hogsett said. “My heart goes out to the victims in this case, but we can say today that thanks to the efforts of prosecutors and our law enforcement partners, Bostic will never again be able to prey on innocent children ever again.”
“Mr. Bostic committed heinous acts of sexual abuse against the most vulnerable in our society,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “He memorialized these unspeakable crimes by producing photographs of his abuse and distributing them to an international network of child predators. No prison term can undo the pain and suffering Mr. Bostic has caused. But today’s sentence sends a strong message that child sexual exploitation will be punished severely.”
Bostic was convicted of producing child pornography images of five children, all four years of age and younger, including one child who was only two months old. Bostic distributed some of these images to several individuals around the world in exchange for other child pornography, some of which was material produced by those trading partners.
Bostic was also convicted for his role in an international conspiracy to traffic in child pornography primarily involving images of minors under five years of age. Bostic initially gained the trust of the principal administrator of that group by providing the child pornography images he produced of at least one of these Indiana children.
This case was the result of the significant efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Indiana State Police, the Kokomo Police Department and the Brownsburg Police Department.
Deputy Assistant Director Michael S. Welch, Cyber Division, FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., stated “this case is considered one of the most significant child pornography matters ever investigated by the FBI. This case resulted in the identification and rescue of approximately two dozen children from inside and outside the United States.”
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Brant Cook and Trial Attorney Michael Grant of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, who assisted in prosecuting the case for the government, Judge Magnus-Stinson also imposed lifetime supervised release following Bostic’s release from prison.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.