New Hampshire Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Concord, NH–(ENEWSPF)– Ronald Goergen, 47, of Newmarket was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of children, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

The defendant was apprehended following a criminal investigation commenced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Innocent Images Operations Unit and its "Operation Rescue Me" initiative in Calverton, Maryland. "Operation Rescue Me" is an initiative aimed at locating and rescuing child victims who are depicted in images of child sexual exploitation that are in circulation on the Internet and elsewhere. The investigation, which began in 2009, focused on locating three children who were depicted in images of child sexual exploitation that had been in circulation since 2004. The investigation led to New Hampshire where, with the assistance of local FBI agents and the Newmarket Police Department, the children were positively identified and the defendant was arrested. He was charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children and entered his guilty pleas on September 15, 2010. He was detained in federal custody since the date of his arrest.

United States Attorney John P. Kacavas stated, "I want to commend the proactive and far-reaching investigative efforts of our federal law enforcement agencies in bringing this child predator to justice. This case is a testament to the skill and scope of federal law enforcement in this arena. Prosecutions of child sexual exploitation offenses are among the highest priorities of the United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. We will spare no effort or expense to ensure the safety of our most precious and vulnerable population—our children."

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General and the Newmarket Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon, the U.S. Attorney’s coordinator for Project Safe Childhood.

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative of the United States Department of Justice aimed at combating the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.