Indiana man sentenced after child porn bust & hiding in China for 14 years

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A man from Indianapolis is sentenced to over 11 years in prison for having child pornography and fleeing authorities to China.

Indiana State Police first began their investigation into Larry Shaw in 2007. They found that he traded child sexual abuse materials on a network called Gnutella. It’s a peer-to-peer network for users to share content without a central server. Shaw was only one of several people ISP were investigating.

In March of 2007, police searched Shaw’s residence, and during an interview with him, Shaw said he downloaded the child abuse materials to his computer. On the computer, 177 videos were found of prepubescent children engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adults. The videos showed violent masochistic content and the rape of children.

“Possessing and viewing child exploitation material revictimizes children each time it is downloaded or shared. Our agents and partners are profoundly committed to investigating these crimes and going after the perpetrators,” said HSI Chicago Special Agent in Charge R. Sean Fitzgerald. “We will continue to work tirelessly to identify and investigate offenders like Shaw in our communities and ensure they pay for their crimes against children.”

Later in May that year, as Shaw met with his legal team and federal prosecutors to discuss the case, Shaw asked to think about a pre-indictment resolution over the weekend. He used the time to board an AirChina plane and flee to Beijing.

Shaw stayed overseas and was arrested 14 years later he was arrested by police as he tried to return to the United States via Chicago.

“Not only did Mr. Shaw trade abhorrent images and videos of children being sexually violated and tortured, but he also sought to evade the consequences of his actions for over 14 years,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “The successful arrest and prosecution of this defendant demonstrates that our Office, HSI, and IMPD will work to bring criminals to justice no matter how long it takes. The serious sentence imposed today demonstrates that those who seek gratification from the horrific abuse of the most vulnerable will be held accountable.”

Shaw was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison, will have 10 years of supervised probation on release, and must register as a sex offender.

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