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US State Department Official Caught Trafficking Children to Make Child Porn

Government official charged with production of child pornography and trafficking

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 5th July 2018 @ 7.00pm
skydance macmahon admitted to the charges of trafficking and child porn production © press
Skydance MacMahon admitted to the charges of trafficking and child porn production

An official working within the United States Department of State has been indicted on child sex trafficking and child pornography production charges.

44-year-old Skydance MacMahon of the U.S. State Department pleaded guilty to trafficking children from Canada and making more than 1,000 sexually explicit images and videos of minors.

A mother from Halifax, Canada has been charged in connection with the case that also involves her own children.

According to local news reports, police have laid more than a dozen charges against the 39-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims.

She has been charged with sexual crimes including multiple counts of sexual assault, interference, and exploitation, and making, distributing and possessing child pornography.

The woman is not seeking bail and will remain in custody until her next court appearance on July 26.

Investigators say the Canadian mother was working with MacMahon as part of an international pedophile ring that was trafficking children between the US and Canada to be sold into VIP sex slavery and child porn.

According to the Department of Justice, MacMahon was streaming scenes of child sex abuse to high-paying elites over Skype.

It is believed that Mr. MacMahon was abusing his position within the State Department to cover his crimes, and investigators haven't ruled out that there may be other high-level officials involved.

Outside of the State Department, Skydance MacMahon is an active member of the Cosplay community and regularly dresses as superheroes to entertain children at comic book events.

skydance macmahon dresses as superheroes to entertain children © press
Skydance MacMahon dresses as superheroes to entertain children

According to court documents, over at least a two year period, Skydance MacMahon, 44, conspired with an adult in Canada to produce over a thousand sexually explicit images and videos of minor children in Canada.

These images and videos were produced at the direction of MacMahon using Skype and hidden cameras.

MacMahon distributed these image and video files to other users and consumers of child pornography by providing access to the files on his cloud storage services and also by directly sending the files to other users.

In addition to the child pornography images and videos, MacMahon himself created, he also received and possessed thousands of images and videos of child pornography.

During the time he committed these offenses, MacMahon was a Digital Media Administrator at the Foreign Services Institute of the U.S. Department of State in Arlington. 

MacMahon pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce child pornography and producing child pornography.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison when sentenced on October 12.

Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

skydance macmahon is an active member of the cosplay community © press
Skydance MacMahon is an active member of the Cosplay community

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Steve A. Linick, Inspector General for the Department of State, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga accepted the plea.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Dougherty Russell is prosecuting the case.

Significant assistance was provided by the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office, the U.S. Department of State Office of Inspector General’s Cyber Forensic Division, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Halifax Regional Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Special Prosecution Section, the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, the Arlington County Police Department, and the Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

MacMahon is facing a mandatory minimum of 15 years.

Depending on his willingness to cooperate, this could be extended to a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison when a federal judge sentences him on Oct. 12.

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