Wounded Warriors Join ICE Drive to Eliminate Child Pornography

Wounded Warriors Join ICE Drive to Eliminate Child Pornography

This is a ‘stand up and cheer’ story that deserves a spotlight and a lot of applause. First, let’s thanks and whoop it up to these warriors for their service on the battlefield. Second, encourage them in their efforts to track down and nail the scum of the earth who prey on children mercilessly and silently. And finally, a two pronged HUGE THANKS to a president who fights evil on all fronts and thinks out of the box to offer ways for every single American to be productive.

Recently in VoiceOfAmerica.com, Victoria Macchi reported on the latest group of U.S. combat veterans to graduate from the ICE investigative arm program as “analysts on child exploitation cases.” ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale says, “It is a battle. It is a war. And it needs to be.”

Ragsdale, the second in command at ICE, says there aren’t enough analysts to meet the investigative demand. The agency is only one of several federal bureaus trying to dismantle the online exchange of child pornography, and in the week before Friday’s graduation, it posted three updates on three such cases:

‘Tucson man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography’

‘Idaho man sentenced to 25 years on federal child pornography charges’

‘Southwest Texas man sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography’

Chris Wooten, a U.S. Army Ranger with five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was wounded in a copter crash serving with a SpecOps regiment in Afghanistan. At the ceremony, was chosen to speak for the group of graduates. Before flying home to Florida to begin his internship, he spoke with the interviewer:

I did have a lot of buddies who weren’t able to make it home, that were killed overseas or even individuals that took their own lives when they made it back just because they didn’t have that sense of purpose anymore.

I think this opportunity, even though we’re all wounded and can’t do our military job anymore, that this program allows us to serve our country again, and not only that, but help save some kids.

According to the VOA article:

The collaboration between ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations office, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the National Association to Protect Children builds the ranks of child sexual abuse investigators, as law enforcement across the United States scrambles to keep up with networks of elusive online suspects — the ones supplying the images and the ones demanding them.

As Wooten said in the class address, more than the adrenaline rush of military work under high stress, with the investigatory work “you get that sense of pride back.” Wooten, who at 29 is the father of five children, said:

In the military, you’re very proud to serve your country. And this, you almost get a sense of pride that ‘I’m able to handle the images.’  I knew the struggle was going to be looking at horrible photos and videos that everyday people don’t even know goes on.

This job, I’m actually going out and saving kids and stopping bad guys, and help putting bad guys behind bars by analyzing evidence and different things that help them get a prison sentence. Before, I was just sitting at a desk basically doing paperwork.

 

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Dana
Dana
1 month ago

How can civilians with a sense of duty get involved? I’d love to help weed out the most depraved among us. As a victim of child trafficking through the CPS system and a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by family…I am beyond aware of the longterm trauma and psychological ramifications of betrayal at these levels. No one is… Read more »