Prominent Anti-Sexual Abuse Activist Arrested for Allegedly Seeking to Abuse Children

June 27, 2018 Last Updated: June 27, 2018

A prominent anti-sexual abuse activist was arrested after seeking to conduct sexual activity with children as young as 2 years old.

Joel Davis was arrested and indicted in a federal court in Manhattan on June 27 on charges of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempting to sexually exploit a minor, and possessing and distributing child pornography.

Davis is the co-founding executive director of the group Youth to End Sexual Violence and is currently listed as the U.S. youth delegate for the group. In December 2014, the Huffington Post published a blog post by Davis titled “Youth Are Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict.”

He was arrested after allegedly soliciting from an undercover FBI officer explicit images of a girl said to be the officer’s 9-year-old daughter.

Davis, according to a statement by the Department of Justice, also sought to set up a sexual encounter between himself and a 2-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,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. in a statement.

Davis allegedly told undercover FBI agents that he was sexually interested in children of all ages.

“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. Crimes against children such as those alleged are taken very seriously by the FBI,” Sweeney Jr. said in the statement.

If found guilty, Davis could face decades in prison.

The charge of enticing a minor for sexual activity carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison; attempted sexual exploitation carries a minimum term of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years; and the possession of child pornography carries a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.