A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to paying women in the Philippines to live-stream the sexual abuse of children as young as six.
The Eastern District of Virginia US Attorney’s Office confirmed that Dwayne Stinson, aged 53, of Manassas, admitted to five counts of production of child pornography yesterday (Monday, April 9).
Federal prosecutors presented communication between Stinson and a woman believed to be the mother of a six-year-old boy as evidence. During this 2011 chat, Stinson instructed the women to engage in sexual acts with the child and saved screenshots of the abuse on his computer.
“Good show,” he wrote to the woman afterwards. “Look at the bright side … about five more years before you have to worry about getting pregnant, lol.”
Stinson’s arrest followed a 2010 operation in which the Department of Homeland Security investigated suspects in the Dallas region accused of wiring payments overseas for live sexual abuse of children.
Investigators identified 40 people in the Philippines who accepted these payments, which came from thousands of ‘customers’.
During this probe, information about Stinson was sent to Prince William County police. In March 2012, a search of his home uncovered hard drives containing screenshots of child abuse.
When presented with this evidence, he admitted to five offences between October 2011 and February 2012.
Despite this evidence and Stinson’s admission, he was not arrested until July last year, before being indicted by a federal grand jury in September.
Mike Murillo of the online news site WTOP asked Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for the attorney’s office, to explain this five-year delay before action was taken. He answered that he could not publicly share any details about the timeline that led to Stinson’s arrest.
After accepting a plea deal with prosecutors for producing child pornography, Stinson faces a sentence of between 15 and 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 24.