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Corona man sentenced in online child pornography bust

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

A Corona resident who was arrested days before traveling to see a 13-year-old girl in Oklahoma was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for trying to convince young girls to engage in sexual performances via an online “game,” prosecutors said.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, 24-year-old Jorel Fowler, who is also known as Jorel Fower, was sentenced Wednesday on two counts of use of child in a sexual performance — which he plead guilty to in July.

The investigation into Fowler’s actions began in March 2013 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a CyberTip from the mother of a then-13-year-old, who Fowler was communicating with online and through text messages, Brown said.

The mother reported both via the CyberTip and to local police that Fowler was communicating with her daughter for over two years and had sent naked pictures, requesting that the girl send him naked pictures of herself, and was trying to convince her to meet him at a hotel to have sex, according to authorities.

In February 2014, police went to Fowler’s Corona home and with his permission removed his Asus laptop computer and an iPhone 5, prosecutors said. Fowler was arrested the following month after the discovery of seven videos on his laptop’s hard drive titled “Sarah,” “Tiffany & Britney,” “Katelyn,” “Julia,” “Gabrielle,” “Ashley” and “Alex.”

According to prosecutors, the videos were recorded by Fowler during video chat sessions on the social media website Omegle and included text and video conversations between him and various teenagers younger than 16 years old playing “The Game” — an online program Fowler created.

During “The Game,” Fowler would award the girls with points for performing various activities, including sexual acts upon his request, authorities said. Forensic examination revealed that Fowler had downloaded and saved 32 images of naked young girls with their genitals exposed to the camera.

“The facts of this case are deplorable. The defendant took advantage of young girls, manipulating them into playing a vile game and recording it for his sexual gratification,” Brown said. “This is the reason why we repeatedly urge parents to communicate with their children about their use of the Internet and to monitor their children’s online activities — always. There are sexual predators lurking online just waiting for an opportunity.”

Brown added that Fowler had made arrangements to go to Altus, Oklahoma between March 16 through 23, 2014, to meet with the Oklahoma teen. Unbeknownst to both the girl’s mother and law enforcement, the young girl continued to have contact with Fowler even after her mother first reported finding his photo.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, a statement from the victim’s mother was read that said while Fowler “may not have physically touched my daughter…you have taken her innocence away. You are deserving of the punishment to the fullest.”

Fowler will now serve 5 to 15 years for each indictment, but sentences will run concurrently. Upon his release, he will also have to register as a sex offender.


Corona man arraigned in child porn bust

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A Corona man has been arraigned on charges involving promoting and possessing child pornography after he allegedly lured young girls through the Internet by convincing them they were playing a game, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday.

“This defendant is alleged to have coached seven young girls who he met online to perform various types of sexual acts which he then videotaped—convincing the girls that they were playing a game,” Brown said. “Once again, we urge parents to monitor their children’s Internet activities because there are sexual predators waiting to take advantage of their children’s innocence and trusting nature.”

Jorel Fowler, 23, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Friday on charges of use of a child in a sexual performance, promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child, according to the district attorney. If convicted, Fowler faces up to 15 years in prison.

After receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding a child luring and child pornography complaint involving a 12-year-old Oklahoma girl, with whom Fowler had allegedly been in communication earlier this year, NYPD detectives went to Fowler’s home on Feb. 20 and, with his permission, removed a laptop computer and iPhone, Brown said.

Seven videos, titled “Sarah,” “Tiffany &  Britney,”  “Katelyn,” “Julia,” “Gabrielle,” “Ashley” and “Alex” were allegedly recovered from that laptop. They supposedly included text and video conversations between Fowler and various girls, who were under 16 years old, and showed them taking part in what Fowler allegedly called “The Game.”

According to the allegations, Brown said, there are different levels to “The Game,” which awards points for performing different activities including sexual acts.

The recovered videos allegedly showed the girls going to each level of “The Game,” where they took off their clothing and displayed their body parts.

Fowler allegedly told police that he had been in touch with more than 10 minor girls, according to the district attorney.

Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Fowler or has any information about the case should call 718-286-6590.



Drug mill on residential street shut down, $400,000 of “Blackberry” heroin off the streets

| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

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A Queens judge indicated Thursday he’ll have to swear in witnesses to resolve a serious challenge to the murder conviction of a Sikh man now serving 25-years-to-life for a 1996 drive-by shooting. Queens Supreme Court Justice Judge Michael Aloise said the issues raised by attorneys for Tejpal Singh must be resolved at a hearing where witnesses are questioned under oath. Aloise implied that a hearing would be necessary after lawyers for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown filed papers defending the original conviction and attacking the effort to free Singh. Read More: Daily News