Abused Non-Verbal, Autistic Child. Sent Obscene Material To Australia Where Police Tipped U.S. Investigators.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
UPDATE at 3:16 p.m: See response from family, below.
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Palm Beach County man will spend 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to abusing an autistic child. The man sent photos of the abuse to a man in Australia. Police in Australia took part in the U.S.-Led Federal Investigation.
This is the official announcement from the United States Department of Justice:
A Port Saint Lucie man who in 2018-2019 sexually abused a non-verbal, autistic child has been sentenced to 360 months in federal prison. Earlier this year, Ethan Alexander Concepcion, 24, pled guilty in West Palm Beach federal court to production of child pornography.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) learned about Concepcion’s abuse of the child after being contacted in January 2022 by the Queensland Police Service, a law enforcement agency in Australia. They reported to HSI that they had prosecuted an individual in Australia who had received by email approximately two dozen child sex abuse images and videos from someone using an IP address located in Greenacres, Florida. In some of the images, the child was holding a sign that read, “For Mr. Plextor.” Authorities believed that “Mr. Plextor” was a reference to the recipient of the images in Australia. Metadata from the images revealed that Concepcion likely abused the child on at least four occasions from March 2018 to January 2019. The child was 5-6 years old at the time. Agents traced the IP address to Concepcion’s residence. On March 10, 2022, Concepcion confessed to abusing the child.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Miami Field Office, announced the sentence imposed by United States District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks yesterday.
HSI Miami (West Palm Beach office) investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Dispoto prosecuted it.
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 Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Divisions 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.
BocaNewsNow.com received a voicemail message from a man identifying himself as Chris Concepcion shortly after this article first appeared. He told us to remove the article immediately because his family has been through enough. “I believe that what you posted is indeed true, however if it is not taken down immediately I will consult my lawyer about defamation about my family because we have been through enough. I will give you a day.”
Subsequent text messages included, “I’m going to sue you 100 percent.”
We’ll keep our readers up to date.
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