CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Suffolk County
resident John Monetti, 38, a former Long Island school teacher and
elementary school principal, was arrested this morning on federal charges
relating to child exploitation, announced U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf
for the Eastern District of New York and U.S. Attorney Joe W. Stecher for
the District of Nebraska.
The complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York requests
Monetti's removal to face an indictment in the District of Nebraska,
charging Monetti with sexual exploitation of a juvenile, travel with intent
to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile, and computer enticement of a
minor. The indictment alleges that, starting in December 2005, Monetti
began communicating over the Internet with a then 15-year-old minor female
in Nebraska to persuade her to engage in sexual activity. According to the
indictment, in May 2006, Monetti traveled from New York to Nebraska, where
he engaged in sexual activity with the minor.
Monetti was arrested in Washington County, Neb., on May 29, 2006, when
local sheriff's deputies found Monetti in a rental van along with the
15-year- old minor whom he had met over the Internet. Monetti was charged
in state court and released on bail in June 2006. The state charges remain
pending. At the time of his arrest in Nebraska, Monetti was employed as a
substitute teacher in the Commack School District on Long Island. Monetti
previously worked as a principal at the Dickinson Avenue Elementary School
in the Northport-East Northport School District on Long Island, and at the
William Floyd Elementary School in the William Floyd School District.
"Protection of children is of the utmost importance, and child
predators should be on notice that we will devote all available resources
to bring them to justice," stated U.S. Attorney Mauskopf. U.S. Attorney
Mauskopf extended her appreciation to the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) and the participating local law enforcement agencies for
their assistance in the case.
U.S. Attorney Stecher stated, "The indictment was the result of the
cooperative efforts of several law enforcement agencies, including ICE, the
Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Washington County Attorney's
Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the
Eastern District of New York. We appreciate the coordinated response from
all agencies that have participated in this investigation."
This arrest results from Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
initiative started in February 2006 by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales
which is designed to protect children from on-line exploitation and abuse.
Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals
federal, state, and local resources to better investigate, apprehend, and
prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as
identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
If convicted of the charges, Monetti faces a mandatory minimum sentence
of 15 years in prison on the charge of sexual exploitation of a juvenile, a
maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for each count, a life term of
supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for each count.
Monetti's removal from New York to Nebraska is being handled by
Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen L. Bode of the Office of the U.S. Attorney
for the Eastern District of New York. The Nebraska indictment is being
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Norris.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice