United States Attorney’s Office Announces Child Exploitation Charges Against United Kingdom Man
INDIANAPOLIS—Josh Minkler, Acting United States Attorney, announced today that Domminich Shaw 35, London, England, has been extradited from the United Kingdom to face formal charges involving child pornography.
“Mr. Shaw has been exploiting American children from nearly 4000 miles away for several years,” said Minkler. “His crimes have been stopped and his accountability to the American people begins today.”
Shaw became a target for law enforcement officials from the United States and Europe in 2011. It is alleged that Shaw sexually exploited children and conspired to distribute child pornography from computers near West London. Much of his pornography collection involved very young children, most under the age of five.
He was indicted in the Southern District of Indiana in February 2011, and arrested by UK law enforcement officials at that time. He has been in custody ever since. He was extradited by UK officials and arrived in Indianapolis escorted by local FBI agents early Saturday morning, December 20, 2014. He had his initial appearance before a magistrate judge today and was ordered detained until trial. No trial date has been set.
Several of Shaw’s co-defendants have been convicted in U.S. courts and are now serving decades in federal prison. Shaw has been formally charged with conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography, conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children, distribution of child pornography and sexual exploitation of children. The investigation is the result of significant efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Indiana State Police, Kokomo Police Department and Brownsburg Police Department.
FBI Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott stated “this case is an excellent example of the collaborative efforts of law enforcement officers around the world working together to ensure individuals that victimize children are held accountable.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a larger nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.
Led nationally 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.
According to CEOS trial attorney Michael Grant and Senior Litigation Counsel Steve DeBrota who are prosecuting this case for the government, Shaw could face a lifetime in prison if convicted.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.