WASHINGTON – James A. Huskisson, aka Jason Desantes, 45, of Ozone Park, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in federal prison by Chief District Judge William C. Griesbach, announced United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Huskisson, a registered sexual offender in the state of New York, initiated an online relationship with a Shawano, Wisconsin, 15 year-old using a popular online messaging system to correspond with the minor. Shortly after establishing contact, he began sending digital images of his genitalia, as well as demanding sexually explicit photographs from the child. Within two weeks of establishing contact, Huskisson travelled from his home in New York City to Shawano and engaged in illicit sexual activity with the minor victim.
Huskisson was convicted of first degree rape in 1997 and again in 1999 in New York, for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison, but was released after serving approximately five years. He was also required to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life.
In handing down the sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the defendant’s “horrendous” record of sexual assaults. He further stated his belief that a 30 year sentence was both “just” and lengthy enough to protect the community, noting the uncertainty of Mr. Huskisson ever walking out of prison given his current age.
This case was investigated by the F.B.I.’s offices in Green Bay and New York City, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office, the Shawano Police Department, the Brown County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the New York Police Department, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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