Virginia man posing missionary busted by ICE and DOJ

July 24, 2018 | Brainwave Science

HSI DOJ FBI ICE collaborated and Virginia man sentenced to 23 years prison for Child Trafficking and Abuse


According to reports published by both the US Department of Justice as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ‘James Daniel Arbaugh, 40, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, pleaded guilty on Feb. 6, to one count of traveling in foreign commerce from the United States to Haiti in or about 2016 to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a person under the age of 18 before U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth K. Dillion of the Western District of Virginia, who sentenced him earlier today and remanded him to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.’

Arbaugh admitted that in 2016, while in Haiti, he engaged in illicit sexual contact with a minor under the age of 12 by touching the minor’s genitals under the minor’s clothing. James Daniel Arbaugh was sentenced today to 276 months in prison, to be followed by a life term of supervised release, for traveling from the United States to Haiti and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. “James Arbaugh was a wolf in sheep’s clothing: he posed as a selfless missionary when in reality he was exploiting his position to prey on and sexually abuse vulnerable children in one of the most impoverished areas of the world,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “Today’s sentencing is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners to hold sexual predators like Arbaugh accountable for their deplorable crimes.”

This was the outcome of an investigation carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) along with the Harrisonburg Police Department.



In modern world, with the advancement of technology, child sexual exploitation is a significant problem which continues to evolve and grow, requiring a multifaceted response. Child sexual abuse is a hideous crime. For the vast majority of us, the idea of violating, hurting and abusing a child is intolerable. Nonetheless, these crimes are not as rare as we would like to think. Every day, countless children around the world are sexually abused and exploited, and images and videos of the abuse are circulated. In 2006, the US Department of Justice launched an initiative called Project Safe Childhood. This Project aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. The pertinent and the most important question is that how can partnerships with numerous stakeholders, including so many agencies and offices such as the FBI, HSI, USMS, USAO’s, DHS, Secret Service and local law enforcement all work in collaboration using some technology to bring an end to this modern day heinous criminals who prey on the most vulnerable victims?



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