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FBI Seeking Help Identifying Hundreds of Children Victimized in ‘Sextortion’ Case

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking for help identifying suspects in its largest “sextortion” case ever prosecuted.

WJXX-TV reports that a Northeast Florida man was asking for sexually explicit photos and videos of girls as young as 13 years old.

“He pretended to be a young boy the same age,” said McCarley. “He befriended them, joined their Myspace, Facebook trying to get to know them.”

Agents were shocked when they found what was on Lucas Chansler’s computer: 350 victims and 80,000 pictures and videos on his computer.

Only about 100 victims have been identified.

Chansler was sentenced to 105 years in prison.

Homeland Security Official Who Investigated Prostitution Scandal Accused of Hiring Prostitute

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
A federal investigator in charge of a prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service in 2012 has stepped down after surveillance allegedly caught him with a prostitute in Florida, the New York Daily News reports.
 
Homeland Security investigator David Nieland resigned Aug. 9, ostensibly for health reasons. But federal officials said Nieland wouldn’t discuss the allegations against him before stepping down. 

According to investigators, Nieland was seen in a building that was under surveillance for prostitution. A prostitute eventually identified Nieland as a client.

Nieland was the lead investigator probing the 2012 scandal in which Secret Service agents were accused of bringing back hookers to their hotel rooms in Columbia.

FBI Finds 100+ Photos, Videos of Child Porn in Florida Teacher’s Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arresting a Florida teacher at his home Monday made a disturbing discovery – thousands of images of child porn on his computer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Matthew Graziotti, 42, a fifth grade teacher at a South Daytona private school and director of the school’s summer day camp, was charged with producing and distributing child porn.

Seized in the raid were 141 images and six videos depicting sexually abused and exploited children.

One folder on his computer was named “personally known” and included 31 subfolders with different boys’ names, according to the FBI. One image showed him sexually abusing a “prepubescent” boy.

“The FBI director told me that they, at this point, could not clarify where these boys are from, or who they are, or anything,” Mark Tress, superintendent at Warner Christian Academy, said. “We’re cooperating with them and providing them the assistance they need to determine whether or not any of our children were a part of that.”

Two Florida Cops Accused of Being KKK Members Were Forced to Step Down

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Florida police officers are without a job after a confidential FBI report showed they were members of a local branch of the KKK, the Daily Mail reports.

Fruitland Park Police dismissed Officer George Hunnewell, while Deputy Chief David Borst, 49, resigned. Borst also was the city’s fire chief.

While Fruitland Police Chief Terry Isaacs acknowledged it’s not against the law to be in the KKK, he said the allegations affect the officers’ credibility.

Isaacs launched an internal investigation Friday.

‘I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing,’ Isaacs said of the FBI report.

TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

Doomsday Man Surrenders After Spending 2 Days in Woods in Florida, Gets Cheeseburgers, Fries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After spending two days hiding from authorities in the woods, a Florida man accused of building explosive devices to prepare for the end of the world surrendered Wednesday without incident, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Winters waited outside the FBI field office in Tampa while his attorneys arranged for his surrender.

In exchange, the 55-year-old received cheeseburgers, fries and dry shoes from the FBI.

“We’re glad to report that Mr. Winters did the right thing,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “We were hoping for a peaceful resolution, and today we got that.”

The FBI was worried Winters would resort to violence to keep authorities from descending on him.

FBI Fears Doomsday Man May Have Stashed Weapons While Manhunt Continues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of an end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents may have stashed weapons in a hidden bunker, the FBI said.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Martin Howard Winters, 55, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI on Tuesday announced a $5,000 reward for information leader to his arrest.

“Mr. Winters is very familiar with this area, especially wooded areas,” FBI spokesman David Couvertier said Tuesday. “He knows the terrain. He knows the best places to hide, the best places to track, to move, when to move. So we suspect that he does have specific sites that he’s very comfortable with, and he may have supplies there or know the terrain so well that he can hide.”

Agents were close to capturing Winters Monday, when the suspect was able to elude police following a high-speed chase.

“The way it was described — there was steam coming out of the engine, so that tells you how hard he was pushing that vehicle,” Couvertier said.

TSA Workers Are Successful in Protecting Traveling Public Because of Dedicated Workforce

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By Robert Cohen
Federal Security Director

As a Marine Corps colonel who commanded in all environments, I learned upon arriving at the Department of Homeland Security that the domestic front lines of the war on terrorism extend to the men and women of the Transportation Security Administration at your local airport.

Having served for the past nine years in leadership positions with TSA and DHS, I will be departing TSA in September as the federal security director for Southwest Florida International and Punta Gorda airports.

The success of TSA in Southwest Florida is directly linked to a dedicated workforce and partnerships with the airport directors, their staffs, airlines, law enforcement community and DHS agencies.

Every day, without fail, the men and women of TSA demonstrate an exceptional capability to protect the traveling public and regulate airports and airlines to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Their commitment to mission and daily actions exemplify the character and integrity of our federal employees. They have a tough job and know there is no margin for error.

They take the routine out of routine when screening thousands of bags and passengers. They accept the risk that a passenger might be carrying an improvised explosive device, gun or knife. They train constantly to stay ahead of a “thinking enemy” who wants to hurt us. They put themselves in harm’s way, as we saw at Los Angeles International Airport when two Transportation Security officers were shot in the line of duty; one of them died.

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