The chairman of an anti-rape and sexual violence organnization has been arrested on charges of exploiting children for sexual purposes.
Joel Davis, 22, heads the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, a charitable organization that promotes against sexual violence. His Facebook page states he is the former Executive Director of Youth to End Sexual Violence.
The arrest came on Tuesday in New York after Davis allegedly attempted to meet with children as young as two years old for the purposes of sex. The official charges include charges of possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to The Daily Mail, investigators say Davis exchanged text messages with a nine year old girl, stating that he wanted to perform oral sex on her. That nine year old girl was the daughter of an undercover FBI agent. Davis also allegedly tried to set up a sexual encounter with the two year daughter of the FBI agent’s girlfriend.
Officials say Davis went into great detail in the text exchanges, describing the sexual activities he was seeking to have with the children. In early June, Davis told undercover agents he was interested in children of all ages and sent inappropriate photos of toddlers and infant babies, some depicting children and adults engaged in sexual activities.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeny Jr. said in a statement on Tuesday, “Having started an organization that pushed for the end of sexual violence, Davis displayed the highest degree of hypocrisy by his alleged attempts to sexually exploit multiple minors. 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, and we continue to work tirelessly to investigate those who place the most helpless members of the American public at risk.”
Photos on Davis’ Facebook profile suggest the Columbia University student was involved in the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
In 2015, Davis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, a distinction that has previously been awarded to Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Kofi Annan.