July 16, 2020

USA: BLM Defund Police Organizer Charged With Child Porn. In 2016, A Prominent BLM Organizer And Co-Founder Of Operation Help Or Hush Charged With Human Trafficking And Prostitution.

The Conway Daily Sun
written by Daymond Steer
Monday July 13, 2020

JACKSON — A man who led a protest from a skateboard through North Conway last month and called for defunding the police was charged with child pornography. On Father’s Day (June 21), Chris DeVries, 37, of Jackson led a protest he called “Skate Away the Hate,” which involved people riding bikes and skateboards down Route 16 from Schouler Park to Depot Road and back.

At the protest, DeVries spoke through a bullhorn and listed off a number of demands that he said came from local chapters of Black Lives Matter. “If we divest funds from police and prison systems we all benefit,” said DeVries. “Those funds can go to local communities and social services.”

Jackson Police Chief Chris Perley said Sunday that DeVries was charged with six counts of possessing child sexual abuse images, one count of possession of psilocybin mushrooms and one of falsifying physical evidence.

“I can’t comment on this case specifically or Mr. DeVries as he is a charged criminal defendant pending adjudication and presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Perley told the Sun on Monday. “But I can say that generally speaking, people should be very cautious about listening to voices suggesting defunding of the police because their motives are not always in the best interest of society.”

The falsifying physical evidence complaint says DeVries threw his cellphone from the porch when law enforcement arrived. The child abuse images show underage girls either in “lewd exhibition” of private parts or engaging in sexual activity.

All the complaints against DeVries were signed by Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi.

DeVries entered ‘not guilty” pleas at a hearing held over Webex (remotely) on Monday.

Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O’Neill III presided. Andruzzi represented the state and Paul Garrity of Paul J. Garrity Law Offices in Londonderry represented DeVries.

O’Neill approved an agreement in which DeVries would be held without bail for the time being with the understanding that DeVries can have another bail hearing later.

According to Perley’s probable cause statement, a forensic examiner with Internet Crimes Against Children found more than 60 images of child sexual abuse on DeVries’ phone. DeVries admitted to viewing and sharing child pornography and also that the mushrooms were used as drugs, Perley said.

Jackson Police and several other police agencies executed a search warrant at the DeVries home on Wilson Road at 11:45 a.m. Friday after tips were received by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

A warrant was issued by a Cheshire County Superior Court judge. Each child pornography charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine. The drug and evidence charges are punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Participating in the search were members of the ICAC Task Force from the Cheshire and Grafton County Sheriff’s Office; detectives from Plymouth Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Conway Police Department; and Jackson Police Department officers Ryan McDonald, Garry Owen Sherry and Martin Bourque.

The case remains active and ongoing. Anyone who may have information is encouraged to call Perley at (603) 383-9292.

Your Black World published May 21, 2016: Black Lives Matter Activist Accused of Human Trafficking 17Yr Old Girl

Washington Times
written by Jessica Chasmar
Thursday May 19, 2016

Charles Wade, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer and co-founder of Operation Help or Hush, was arrested last month and charged with human trafficking and prostitution.

Mr. Wade was arrested at a Howard Johnson Inn in College Park, Maryland, on April 25. Police said he was residing in a motel room where he allegedly pimped a 17-year-old girl, The Daily Caller reported Thursday.

Mr. Wade was held on seven counts relating to felony human trafficking and prostitution. He was bailed out shortly after his arrest, according to a statement he released on Twitter Wednesday.

He was arrested as part of a sting operation in which an undercover officer responded to an ad Mr. Wade allegedly placed for a 23-year-old woman on backpage.com, a website frequently used by sex traffickers and prostitutes, The Daily Caller reported.

Investigators said the woman, who turned out to be a 17-year-old girl, called Mr. Wade her manager. She said he knew she was a minor but wasn’t worried because of her upcoming birthday. She also told investigators that she provided all the money she earned to Mr. Wade, The Daily Caller reported.

Mr. Wade told The Daily Caller that he was unfairly arrested because he was “too trusting” of a female tenant whom he was temporarily housing as part of his Operation Help or Hush charity.

Mr. Wade said she told him she was 20 years old. He said he was arrested because he signed for, provided identification for, and paid for the room, but said she acted alone in conducting illegal business there. He said she was also arrested for solicitation and prostitution.

“Her family said she has a history of running away and doing this. I didn’t know. I am not pimp. Never have been,” Mr. Wade tweeted Wednesday.

His statement posted on Twitter blamed conservative “trolls” for attempting to smear him with the story of his arrest.

“For the past two to three days, ‘trolls’ have been actively baiting conservative news outlets to report on my arrest, amongst other vindictive things that they are actively working on,” he wrote. “I am confident that I will be cleared of the charges I am currently facing.”

Mr. Wade’s nonprofit was created during the Ferguson, Missouri, unrest in 2014. Last September, he began crowdsourcing a center for children and youth near Ferguson and Dellwood, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Last year he was listed as No. 40 on The Root’s 100 most influential black activists.

He was also invited Tuesday by the White House to a movie screening with other Black Lives Matter activists. He said he did not attend, The Daily Caller reported.

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