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Saginaw Resident Found with Child Porn

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38-year-old Robert Devalk, a Saginaw resident was found to have over 100,000 images and videos containing child pornography on his home computers.  He remains in Federal custody Thursday after detectives received a tip from a 16 year old that the  Saginaw man had video recorded a sexual encounter between them.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., Fort Worth Star Telegram
FORT WORTH — A Sagniaw man remained in federal custody Thursday after agents seized at least 100,000 images and videos of child pornography from his home computers.
Federal agents were tipped off to the child pornography after a 16-year-old boy told a Saginaw detective in June that the 38-year-old Saginaw man had video recorded a sexual encounter between them.
Federal authorities identified the man as Robert John Devalk who was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Jeffery L. Cureton on Wednesday to remain in custody during a brief detention hearing.
Devalk, a chemist with the MillerCoors brewery in Fort Worth, was arrested Friday on suspicion of receiving child pornography.
If convicted, Devalk, who is single and had lived alone, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of being supervised.
“We will also send sex assault charges to the DA’s office,” Saginaw Police Chief Roger Macon said. “But I believe the federal charges will be handled first.”
The boy, who lives in Johnson County, had met Devalk after placing an ad on Craigslist, according to testimony on Wednesday during the detention hearing. According to a federal affidavit, the 16-year-old told the detective of sexual encounters with Devalk that happened at Devalk’s Saginaw home.
The victim stated that during one encounter Devalk taped it, the affidavit stated. The victim was aware of it because he could see the sexual encounter on the computer screen as it was happening, according to the affidavit.
“He’s a monster,” said the father of the boy on Thursday. Generally, the Star-Telegram does not identify victims or the relatives of reported victims of sexual assaults. “He needs to be put away for a long time.”
On June 25, federal agents seized Devalk’s computers and other storage media, discovering several images of child pornography and males performing sex acts on each other.
According to testimony during the Wednesday hearing, officials noted that they had found at least 100,000 child pornography images and videos on Devalk’s computers.
Law enforcement officials also testified Wednesday that there were at least two other boys who investigators believe were victims of Devalk that they had not yet identified.
Saginaw investigators say they believe that Devalk had contacted boys through the Internet.
“He was networking with them,” Macon said Thursday. “We’ve canvassed the neighborhood where he (Devalk) lived and we didn’t find any boys who visited his home, so we believe it was all through the Internet.”

Update 11/10/2010

38-year-old Robert Devalk, accused of having sex with a teenager and videotaping the encounter pleaded guilty this morning to one count of receipt of child pornography in a federal courtroom.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., Fort Worth Star Telegram
FORT WORTH — A Saginaw man accused of having sex with a teen-ager and videotaping the encounter pleaded guilty this morning to one count of receipt of child pornography in a federal courtroom. Federal authorities found more than 100,000 images and videos of child pornography on his home computers in Saginaw.
Robert John Devalk, 38, will be sentenced on Feb. 22 when he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervision on the federal charge.
Using the Internet to view child pornography is a federal crime. Having sex with a minor is a state felony. State charges are still pending against Devalk.
“I hope the judge will take into account all that Devalk has done and put him away for a very long time,” said the teen’s father on Wednesday. The Star-Telegram does not usually identify accusers or their relatives in sexual-assault cases.
The investigation on child pornography started after the 16-year-old boy told a Saginaw detective about the sexual encounter with Devalk at Devalk’s home, at least one of which was videotaped, according to a federal affidavit. The boy knew that because he could see what was happening on a computer screen, according to the affidavit.
Federal agents testified in August that they seized Devalk’s computers June 25 after Saginaw police informed them of the teenager’s statement. They said they found at least 100,000 child pornography images and videos. Investigators suspect that Devalk had sex with at least two other boys, but they have not been identified, according to testimony.
Saginaw investigators believe that Devalk contacted boys through the Internet.
The teen’s father noted that his son, now 16, was 15 when the encounters allegedly occurred.
According to the affidavit, Devalk received child pornography on Jan. 30, 2009, Feb. 10, 2009 and Sept. 7, 2009, showing images of young boys having sex with adult men.
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