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​Anti Sexual Abuse Campaigner Arrested On Attempted Child Sex Abuse And Pornography Charges

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​Anti Sexual Abuse Campaigner Arrested On Attempted Child Sex Abuse And Pornography Charges

The chairman of a charity that campaigns against rape and sexual violence has been arrested for allegedly trying to meet with children as young as two for sex.

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New Yorker Joel Davis, 22, was arrested on Tuesday on child sex abuse and child pornography charges.

He has been accused of trying to arrange to meet up with children for sexual encounters, as well as soliciting an undercover FBI agent to send sexual explicit footage of minors.

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Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict - an organization devoted to ending sexual violence.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he attended Oxford University, Columbia University and The Julliard School. According to ABC7, he is also a Nobel Prize nominee.

Following his arrest, he reportedly admitted that he had abused a 13-year-old boy in the past o officers, and that he kept child pornography images on his phone.

"Having started an organization that pushed for the end of sexual violence, Davis displayed the highest degree of hypocrisy by his alleged attempts to sexually exploit multiple minors," FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said.

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"As if this wasn't repulsive enough, Davis allegedly possessed and distributed utterly explicit images of innocent infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults."

Credit: NBC2 News
Credit: NBC2 News

Davis appeared in federal court on Tuesday, charged with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Prosecutors say that Davis allegedly told the undercover FBI agents that he was sexually interested in children of all ages, and arranged to meet the nine-year-old daughter of one of the agents and with the two-year-old daughter of the officer's girlfriend.

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US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman described Davis' alleged actions as 'sickening', saying: "Davis started an organization devoted to stopping sexual violence, while allegedly engaged in the duplicitous behavior of sharing explicit images of infants engaged in sexual activity.

"Davis also allegedly solicited an undercover officer - whom he thought to be a willing participant - to send sexually explicit videos of his nine-year-old daughter, and even to set up a sexual encounter between himself and a two-year-old.

"The conduct alleged against Joel Davis is as unfathomable as it is sickening, and as this case demonstrates, law enforcement will keep its watchful eye on the darkest corners of the internet to bring predators to justice."

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Topics: World News, News, US News

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