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Date: 04-29-2021

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United States of America v. Joshua Henry Punt

Case Number: 3:19-cr-05450-BHS

Judge: Benjamin H. Settle

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Pierce county)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Description: Tacoma, Washington criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with production and possession of child porn.

A Ridgefield, Washington, man was charged with multiple federal felonies for his scheme to entice and pressure young teens into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos. Joshua Henry Punt, 39, was accused of using the messaging apps ‘Kik’ and ‘Snapchat’ to connect with teens while posing as a teenager. Punt then enticed and pressured young teens to send him sexually explicit photos and videos. Victims have been identified across the U.S., including New York, Arkansas, California, Texas, Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

According to records filed in the case, Punt presented himself in his social media accounts as an attractive teenager by using profile pictures of youthful YouTube personalities. After innocuous preliminary communications with his intended victims, Punt demanded sexually provocative and/or sexually explicit photos and videos. Unbeknownst to his victims, Punt recorded their videos and images on a second phone. So, for example, when a victim believed she was sending a “snap,” which would automatically delete or notify the sender if an attempt was made to copy it, Punt surreptitiously recorded the images and videos for future use. When victims inevitably became uncomfortable with his behavior and attempted to exit the “relationship,” Punt threatened to send the videos/images to members of their local communities–including schools, coaches, and others‑‑if they did not comply with his demands which included production of additional sexually explicit videos and images. The victims range in age from 12 to 16 years of age.

PUNT was arrested on May 21, 2019, and was originally charged in Clark County Superior Court. He was charged federally on November 7, 2019.

In a separate investigation, the FBI identified Punt as the administrator of a child pornography distribution group on Kik. As an administrator, Punt actively patrolled the group – demanding that new members share content and banning those that failed to share child pornography. An FBI online covert employee followed links posted by Punt leading to a cache of child pornography.

Punt pleaded guilty to production of child pornography, enticement of a minor, distribution of child pornography and advertisement of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26, 2021 and faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and up to life in prison. U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle will determine the sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend no more than 23 years in prison. Punt will be required to register as a sex offender following prison. Both the prosecution and defense will recommend that Punt be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

The case is being investigated by the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations. The FBI investigated Punt’s activity administering a site for the trading of images of child abuse and molestation. Law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions are also assisting this investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Angelica Williams and Cecelia Gregson are prosecuting the case.

Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(1)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(1s)
Production of Child Pornography
(1ss)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(2)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(2s)
ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR
(2ss)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(3)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(3s)
Production of Child Pornography
(3ss)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(4)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(4s)
ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR
(4ss-5ss)
Attempted Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(5)
Attempted Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(5s)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(6)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(6s)
Production of Child Pornography
(6ss)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(7)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(7s)
ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR
(7ss)
Distribution of Child Pornography - 18:2252(a)(2), (b)(1)
(8)
Distribution of Child Pornography - 18:2252(a)(2), (b)(1)
(8s)
Distribution of Child Pornography
(8ss)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(9)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(9s)
Production of Child Pornography
(9ss)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(10)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(10s)
ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR
(10ss)
Production of Child Pornography - 18:2251(a),(e)
(11s)
Production of Child Pornography
(11ss)
Enticement of a Minor - 18:2422(b) and 2427
(12s)
ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR
(12ss)
Notice or Advertisement of Child Pornography - 18:2251(d)(1)(A) and (e)
(13s)
Advertisement of Child Pornography
(13ss)
Production of Child Pornography
(14ss-15ss)

Outcome: 04/27/2021 41 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by Joshua Henry Punt. (MGC) (Entered: 04/27/2021)
04/27/2021 42 Minute Entry for CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING as to Joshua Henry Punt held on 4/27/2021 before Judge Benjamin H. Settle- CRD: Gretchen Craft; AUSA: Angelica Williams; Def Cnsl: Colin Fieman; Court Reporter: Barry Fanning; Time of Hearing: 11:00; Courtroom: Zoom; Defendant present in custody, advised of the right to an in-person hearing, waives that right and consents to video proceedings. Defendant placed under oath and advised of rights/charges/penalties; Defendant waives indictment by the Grand Jury; Defendant age = 40; Education = some college; Court reviews the plea agreement; Joshua Henry Punt pleads GUILTY to Counts 1ss, 2ss, 3ss, 4ss-5ss, 6ss, 7ss, 8ss, 9ss, 10ss, 11ss, 12ss, 13ss, 14ss-15ss. Court finds the Defendant is competent to enter a guilty plea, finds the Defendant knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily entered the plea and finds the Defendant guilty. Court orders the preparation of a Presentence Report and defers acceptance of the Plea Agreement until receipt of the PSR. Defendant remanded to custody. Sentencing set for 7/26/2021 at 1:00 PM in Courtroom E before Judge Benjamin H. Settle. (MGC) (Entered: 04/27/2021)
04/27/2021 43 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Joshua Henry Punt. (cc: USPO, FLU, AFU) (MGC) (Entered: 04/27/2021)
04/27/2021 44 ORDER FOR SENTENCING PROCEDURE as to Joshua Henry Punt by Judge Benjamin H. Settle. Sentencing set for 7/26/2021 at 1:00 PM in Courtroom E before Judge Benjamin H. Settle. (cc: USPO and PTS) (MGC) (Entered: 04/27/2021)

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