MANILA, August 4, 2015 — A United States District Judge sentenced American Ronald Carey Shirley, 64, to 20 years in Federal prison on June 29 after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and admitted he used social media to solicit girls in the Philippines and Vietnam to send him sexually explicit images of themselves.
The investigation into Shirley began after Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) received a lead from the National Center for missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about suspected child sexual exploitation activity linked to a social media account belonging to Shirley. The Philippines National Police and HSI office in Manila substantially contributed to the investigations.
“As a result of our partnership with the Philippines National Police Anti Cyber-Crime Group, we were able to locate and obtain damaging evidence from the victims that proved Shirley coerced them to send sexually explicit images,” stated HSI Attaché Ransom Avilla. “We will continue to work with the PNP to prevent predators from preying upon children in the Philippines. Our joint effort resulted in the judge sentencing Shirley to additional years in prison.”
Shirley was arrested in February by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s HSI at Los Angeles International Airport as he prepared to depart for Vietnam to visit minor girls he had communicated with on social media.
“This sentence should serve as a sobering warning to every sexual predator who thinks they can hide from the law by violating the innocence of children overseas,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of HSI Los Angeles. “There can be no place for the abuse of foreign children by our citizens, and HSI will seek to vindicate the rights of those victims no matter how far they live from our shores.”#