U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has decided that investigating common State level criminal offenses is what it wants to do. In this case ICE wasted valuable resources investigating an American citizen for producing child pornography in the United States. There is no connection to any immigration violation, any customs violation or any terrorism violation. Why was ICE involved in investigating this crime?
WaPo July 18, 2012 by Ann MarimowA former Prince George’s County school bus driver was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for producing child pornography.Scott Smallwood, 29, of Upper Marlboro was arrested in 2010 after he left a memory card containing sexually explicit videos of a 7-year-old boy on the counter of a convenience store.Smallwood pleaded guilty in February to two counts of producing child pornography.
Of note is that not only was child pornography involved, but child molestation as well:
According to the plea agreement, Smallwood was a night bus driver and also drove the boy to church. He had “sleepovers” with the boy, according to the agreement, and gave him “candy in exchange for inappropriate sexual contact.”The real question is why wasn't the Prince George's County Police Department or the Prince George's County State's Attorney prosecuting Smallwood? Is there a local amnesty for child molesters in Prince George's County?
But it certainly is an excuse for ICE not to enforce immigration laws when it has decided to take over the work of the Prince George's County Police and the Prince George's County State's Attorney.