Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden announced that a Newark man indicted last year for producing and distributing child pornography pled guilty for his crimes yesterday.
In December, 2012 a proactive online undercover investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force into the distribution of child pornography resulted in the arrest of John M. Figura and his indictment by the New Castle County Grand Jury on 25 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. During its ongoing forensic examination of the hundreds of thousands of files containing child pornography seized from Figura, Child Predator Task Force detectives determined that Figura produced approximately 100 images of child pornography found in his possession. Moreover, these images depicted three elementary school-ages girls who were positively identified and were known by Figura. As a result, in November, 2013 the Attorney General’s office secured an additional indictment charging Figura with 71 counts each of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Dealing in Child Pornography for producing child pornography between 1998 and 2007 compiling and/or distributing those files. In addition, the November indictment charged Figura with 1 count each of Rape 2nd Degree and Unlawful Sexual Contact for physically assaulting two of these young victims in 2007.
Yesterday morning Figura, age 44, pled guilty in New Castle County Superior Court to 9 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography, 1 count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and 1 count of Unsolicited Sexual Contact 2nd Degree. Figura faces a minimum 20-year prison term when sentenced by Judge M. Jane Brady on August 1, 2014. Figura has remained incarcerated on $1.5 million cash bail since his December 19, 2012 arrest.
Yesterday’s conviction follows the arrest of three individuals by the Child Predator Task Force over the past month – two on child pornography charges, and the re-arrest of a third defendant for rape.
“Those who collect and distribute child pornography are predators, and tragically our experience has demonstrated that the predators who possess these horrific images and videos all too often also commit physical crimes against kids,” Biden said. “That’s why our Child Predator Task Force is hard at work every day acting to take these criminals off the streets and keep our kids safe.”
Booking images of Figura (top left), Tessier (top right), Carboni (bottom left), and Parsons (bottom right) is below.
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