Attorney Faces Child-Porn Charges for Enticing Minor to Send Explicit Sexual Images

Attorney Faces Child-Porn Charges for Enticing Minor to Send Explicit Sexual Images
 Photo: Sagi Schwartzberg

RIVERSIDE – Assistant United States Attorney Sonah Lee of the Riverside Branch Office is prosecuting
the case of an attorney practicing law in Ontario, who was taken into federal custody on June 17th. He is
allegedly charged with producing child pornography, with allegation that he paid a teenaged girl to send
him sexually explicit images.

“Sagi Schwartzberg (38), of Fontana, was taken into custody by special agents with the FBI after the San
Bernardino County District Attorney on Wednesday dismissed its child exploitation charges against him,”
said the Department of Justice. “Schwartzberg – who used the aliases “Jason D,” “drunkesq_o64” and
“xocdrunkx” on social media platforms – is expected to be arraigned on the federal charge on June 17th
in United States District Court in Riverside.”

Schwartzberg, named in a federal criminal complaint, charged him with production of child pornography
offense which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

The FBI also announced, “Schwartzberg was arrested February 17 in the state case, approximately
three months after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded a tip from Kik, a
mobile messaging application, to the Fontana Police Department. The tip indicated that a person later
identified as Schwartzberg had uploaded suspected child pornography to Kik from two locations – later
determined to be his residence and his law office – in October and November. The FBI later reviewed
the videos, one of which depicts a girl who appears to be under the age of 10 being sexually assaulted.”

Also of note, ” During a subsequent interview with police officers outlined in the affidavit, the girl said she
had been solicited by Schwartzberg to send sexually explicit images via SnapChat starting 2019 and that
she had received electronic gift cards in exchange. The victim “reported that ‘Jason’ asked her to meet
up with him for sex but she never agreed to it,” the affidavit states. “‘Jason’ also asked her to introduce
him to her other friends but [the victim] claimed that she did not introduce him to any of her friends,” said
the Department of Justice.

The FBI announced the ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Inland Regional Child
Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and the FBI in conjunction with Fontana Police
Department. The Task Force also includes the Upland Police Department, the Rialto Police Department,
the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, the
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside Police Department.

The FBI continues to work to identify other victims in this ongoing case. Anyone who may have
information in this matter is encouraged to contact the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at 310-477-6565.

Attorney Faces Child-Porn Charges for Enticing Minor to Send Explicit Sexual Images was last modified: June 18th, 2021 by admin
Categories: Riverside