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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 10, 2016
New York Man Indicted for “Sextorting” a Minor in Delaware
A federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware, indicted a New York man today on charges related to the production and distribution of child pornography and the use of threatening communications, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware.
Justin R. Gulisano, 24, of Sodus, New York, was initially arrested on June 30, 2015, in Newark, New Jersey, on a Delaware state arrest warrant for charges related to his sexual exploitation of a child and sexual solicitation of a minor.
According to the indictment, from September 2012 through June 2015, Gulisano attempted to use, persuade, coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so that he could produce images of the conduct. In October 2013, Gulisano distributed sexual exploitation images of the minor victim on the Internet. Additionally, the indictment alleges that between April and June 2015, Gulisano threatened to injure the victim’s reputation.
An indictment is merely an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Delaware Child Predator Task Force investigated the case. Trial Attorney Amy E. Larson of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski of the District of Delaware are prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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.