MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY CHARGES QUEENS-BASED OPERATOR

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
AUGUST 22, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, CARLY SULLIVAN,
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the
Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Office of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the
filing of an Indictment charging YONG WANG for operating at least
18 Chinese language websites containing child pornography out of
his home in Flushing, New York. WANG, who has allegedly operated
the websites since at least 2007, made hundreds of thousands of
dollars by selling website “memberships” to individuals who paid
to view, access, post, and download graphic images of child
pornography. All of the websites were in Chinese and advertised
to Chinese-speaking individuals in China, the United States, and
elsewhere. WANG, 26, was arrested by the FBI at his residence in
Queens on June 23, 2011.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: “Yong
Wang allegedly exploited the global reach of the Internet to
develop an international customer base for child pornography.
Purveyors of child pornography victimize the most innocent and
vulnerable among us, potentially scarring them for life. As
today’s Indictment demonstrates, we are committed to shutting
down child pornography websites and working with our law
enforcement partners across the globe to prosecute and punish
those responsible.”
FBI Assistant Director-In-Charge JANICE K. FEDARCYK
stated: “The charges against Mr. Wang stem from a nine month
undercover FBI operation, dedicated to protecting the most
innocent members of our society –- children. The crimes alleged
include operating 18 websites where ‘members’ could pay for child
pornography. Mr. Wang not only profited from these websites, but
he also created a system for its members to post innocent images,
perpetuating the abuse of children.”
According to the Indictment returned today in Manhattan
federal court and a Complaint filed on June 20, 2011:
On the child pornography websites, which WANG
maintained and operated out of his apartment, members could
access numerous links to an extensive child pornography
collection that included images and videos of children exposing
their genitals, engaging in sexually explicit conduct with
adults, and in sadistic or masochistic depictions. To access the
websites, individuals had to purchase a “VIP membership” or
accumulate a certain number of points. WANG charged customers
$25 for a quarterly membership or $100 for a lifetime membership.
Undercover FBI agents registered for a VIP membership
with WANG and gained access to one of the websites, which was
titled (in Chinese) “Empire of the Young and Innocent
Fragrances.” On the website, users were directed to different
forums with links that were titled with descriptive names, such
as “Young Young Empire,” “Young Girl Beauty Photos Military
Region,” “Young Boy Movie Zone,” and “Exclusive Quality Young
Girl Photos Set.” After WANG’s arrest, the FBI identified 17
additional websites maintained and operated by WANG containing
child pornography, all in Chinese. In conjunction with his
arrest, the FBI also seized two servers in Texas through which
the websites and the related online payment processes operated.
The websites have been dismantled.
* * *
WANG is a permanent resident of the United States, who
was born in China. He is charged with one count of advertising
in connection with the sexual exploitation of children (Count
One), one count of distributing child pornography (Count Two),
and one count of reproducing child pornography for distribution
(Count Three). On Count One, he faces a mandatory minimum
sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years
in prison. On counts Two and Three, he faces a mandatory minimum
sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20
years in prison on each count.
Mr. BHARARA praised the FBI in New York for
its outstanding work in investigating this case. He also thanked
the Chinese Ministry of Public Security for their extensive
cooperation and assistance.
The case is being handled by the Office’s Complex
Frauds Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney ROSEMARY NIDIRY is in
charge of the prosecution.
The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment
are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent
unless and until proven guilty.
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