Waterford resident and registered sex offender sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of multiple children | USAO-EDMI

A Waterford man was today sentenced to 50 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the production of child pornography and the commission of an offense against a child by a registered sex offender, US attorney Dawn announced. N.Ison.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.

Jostin Arthur Desco, 28, was sentenced by United States District Judge Judith E. Levy.

According to court records, Desco sexually exploited at least ten different children using various methods. Desco sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy he knew well, recorded this abuse, and sent it to others on the dark web. Desco also used fake personas to convince several teenagers to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves. Desco, using this fake persona, then convinced the boys to send him the materials. Desco then blackmailed several victims into producing more child pornography for him. Desco even attempted to get some victims to perform sexual acts on their siblings as part of the extortion drive. Desco was also a member of several groups, both on the dark web and the open web, that sold child pornography. Some communications between Desco and others have been recovered, including a series of messages where Desco said, “Yes I’m sick and yes I’m a freak.”

Desco committed most of these crimes while on parole for a prior offense of distributing child sexually abusive material. This crime required him to register as a sex offender.

“The actions of this defendant are reprehensible and demonstrate how a sexual predator can use the internet to victimize innocent children,” U.S. Attorney Ison said. “The lengthy sentence in this case will ensure that Desco can never harm a child again. It should send a clear message that those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens will be held accountable. We also hope that this sentence will help turn the page for the victims and their families. »

“Desco’s horrific crimes hurt the most vulnerable members of our community,” said HSI Detroit Acting Special Agent James C. Harris III. “This sentencing sends a powerful message to those who prey on innocent people and serves as a reminder of the work needed to catch these predators and eliminate them from our communities.”

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin M. Mulcahy and Rosemary Gardey.

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