In an online chat expressing “enthusiasm for. The sexual abuse of children,” authorities said.
And charged with possession of child pornography, federal authorities said Wednesday.
Meek, a 53-year-old resident of Arlington, Virginia, was taken into custody Tuesday night. And charged with transporting child pornography, officials said.
If convicted, Meek could face a mandatory smallest. Of five years in prison and a largest of 20 years in prison, authorities said.
The investigation began in March 2021 when Dropbox filed. A tip with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. claiming that a user had uploaded videos to its service. That “law enforcement later determined to contain child pornography”. US District Court.
Investigators traced the account with the username “James Meek.” To the suspect’s home in Arlington. The complaint alleges. “Meek’s devices allegedly contained many chat conversations with users. That depicted children engaging in sexually explicit behavior. And engaged in sexually explicit conversations. In which participants expressed encouragement to sexually abuse children.” According to the Justice Department’s statement.
Meek allegedly used social media platforms to chat online. With minors whom he successfully solicited. To send him explicit photos of themselves, authorities said.
Investigators recovered an external hard drive belonging to the suspect with “58 images. And videos of child pornography” and an iPhone 6. In Meek’s bedroom with “approximately 34 images. And videos of suspected child pornography,” according to the complaint.
Namor or his representative could not immediately be reached. For comment at several phone numbers publicly listed for him Wednesday afternoon.