Feds bust DEA investigator who was allegedly hunting for minors online
19 Jan 2020 — #Homefront
A DEA diversion investigator is facing federal charges for allegedly sending photos of his genitals to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old and then pressuring the agent to reciprocate.
“As a diversion investigator at the DEA, Frederick Scheinin’s foremost responsibility was to protect the public from illegally diverted drugs," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffery Berman.
“Instead of fulfilling this worthy mission, Scheinin allegedly spent months attempting to prey on a 14-year-old boy. This arrest exemplifies that no one is above the law. Our law enforcement partners will continue to bring all necessary tools to bear to apprehend individuals who wish to do harm to young children, no matter who they are.”
According to the the complaint:
Between October 2019 and January 2020, Scheinin used a multimedia messaging application on his cellphone to communicate with an undercover law enforcement officer (“UC‑1”) who was posing as a 14-year-old boy. Scheinin repeatedly sent sexually explicit images and videos to UC-1 in an attempt to persuade UC-1 to transmit sexually explicit images, photos, and live visual depictions of UC-1 to Scheinin. In particular, Scheinin repeatedly asked UC-1 to transmit images and videos of UC-1’s penis. The Complaint further alleges that Scheinin attempted to arrange a meeting with UC-1 at which Scheinin planned to have sex with UC-1. Law enforcement arrested Scheinin Thursdayin New York, New York, at a location where SCHEININ said he would meet UC-1. Scheinin was in possession of condoms and lubricant at the time of his arrest.
A DEA agent was busted in a sting for trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 18, 2020
When asked by the "14-year-old" if he minded he was young, the agent said, "no, it's cool. As long as you're cool with it."https://t.co/KQp9QqMG5m
"The DEA agent was in possession of condoms and lubricant at the time of his arrest."https://t.co/cSurrIr9Uc— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 19, 2020