Former Long Island Teacher and Elementary School Principal Arrested for Child Exploitation and Enticement

Indictment Charges Defendant Traveled from New York to Nebraska to Engage

in Sexual Activity with a Minor

Mar 06, 2007, 00:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    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
     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