Yesterday, a New Westminster family, who contacted police regarding images found that their teenage daughter had been receiving via the internet, learned that the investigation has led to the guilty plea of a Pennsylvania man. Originally, the New Westminster police said the family contacted them about their 13-year-old daughter and inappropriate images that were being sent over the internet by an unknown American. After doing an initial investigation, they turned over what they found out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Taylor Bzdyr, age 20, has admitted that he sent the pornographic images via his computer and cell phone. He admitted that he tried to persuade the 13-year-old female to engage in sexual acts which were transmitted live via Skype. Bzdyr committed the offense between October 2012 and October 2013. The FBI reports that Bzdyr was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton on March 11, 2014, as a result of an investigation. The group investigation was handled by The FBI, Border Patrol Agents in California, and the New Westminster Police Department in British Columbia, Canada.
This case was brought in by “Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.” Operation Safe Childhood has helped to find child sexual predators who use the internet to lure children into the dark world of child pornography. According to the United States Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood, “is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May, 2006, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness. The goal of Project Safe Childhood is to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa. The sentencing guidelines indicate that Bzdyr faces 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years if convicted on the child pornography charge. The case was heard by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley who also ordered a presentence report and that sentencing will be October 2, 2014.