Sacto 9-1-1
May 19, 2011
Sacramento man accused of targeting children abroad for sex

A Sacramento man has been accused of conspiring to travel abroad to have sex with children.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a four-count superseding indictment charging James E. Johnston, 69, with conspiracy to travel in foreign commerce for the purposes of having sex with a person under the age of 18, conspiracy to produce child pornography, receipt and distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

The indictment alleges that between May and September 2006, Johnston conspired with another person to go to the Philippines to have sex with a child.

The indictment also alleges that in May 2006, he conspired to produce pictures of children engaged in sex acts. Johnson also is accused of receiving child pornography in August 2006 and possessing child pornography between October 2005 and September 2006.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Justice Department to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.

The project employs federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and to identify and rescue victims.

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