LawFuel.com – US Law Newswire – PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and JAMES T. HAYES, JR., the
Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Department
of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”), announced today the arrest of STEPHEN W. SIKTBERG on a
charge of possessing child pornography. SIKTBERG, 30, was
arrested early yesterday at his Beacon, New York, residence by
ICE agents. He was presented yesterday before United States
Magistrate Judge PAUL E. DAVISON.
According to the criminal Complaint filed in White
Plains federal court and statements made during yesterday’s court
SIKTBERG, who provides music lessons to both children
and adults, downloaded child pornography from the Internet and
saved it on his computer and CDs. SIKTBERG provided his computer
and his computer password to ICE agents, as well as approximately
An ICE agent subsequently reviewed two of the 58 CDs
provided by SIKTBERG, and determined that they contained six
videos of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
SIKTBERG is charged with one count of possessing child
pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in
prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or
loss from the offense.
Assistant United States Attorney SARAH R. KRISSOFF is
in charge of the prosecution.
Mr. BHARARA thanked ICE for its work in this
investigation, which he said is continuing.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child
predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free
hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the
clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children
may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or
The charge contained in the Complaint is merely an
accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.