INDIANAPOLIS — Pedro Ibarra, 48, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, was sentenced today to fifty years in federal prison for child sexual abuse and attempted child sexual abuse.
According to court documents, on June 21, 2021, Ibarra engaged in a Google Duo chat with a boy who lived in Indiana. The child was under 13 at the time. During this conversation, Ibarra persuaded the child to engage in sexually explicit behavior, which Ibarra recorded on her cellphone. On June 22, 2021, Ibarra drove from Illinois to Hancock County, Indiana, where he picked up the victim and drove the boy to a local hotel. At the hotel, Ibarra engaged in sexually explicit behavior with the child, which Ibarra recorded on his cellphone.
During the investigation, Ibarra’s cell phone was examined by Indiana State Police. Officers were able to lawfully access the information stored on the device. In addition to footage of the Indiana child, a reviewer discovered multiple tapes of Ibarra engaging in sexually explicit conduct with another boy. This child was later identified as a boy who lived in Illinois and was under the age of fifteen.
Ibarra was a Chicago public school teacher when he committed these crimes and taught elementary school students for over three years.
“The heinous sexual abuse of these children is every parent’s nightmare. These tragic crimes are a reminder that those who seek to sexually exploit our children online and in person are often the people parents and children should be able to trust,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. from Indiana. “Today’s significant sentence shows that federal, state and local law enforcement will work tirelessly together to identify child sexual predators and send them to jail for them.”
“This phrase illustrates our strong commitment to protecting our children from those who engage in and exploit this type of activity,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge in Indianapolis, Herbert J. Stapleton. “Thanks to the teamwork of the FBI and our law enforcement partners, this abuser will no longer be able to prey on the most vulnerable in our community.”
“The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department worked to bring Ibarra into custody within hours of the child being reported,” Detective David Wood said. “Communities place enormous trust in teachers, and when someone in such a position commits crimes of sexual exploitation, it reminds us how vigilant we must be to look out for our children.”
“Indiana State Police investigators work diligently every day, across Indiana, and in close collaboration with law enforcement partners, to help bring to justice those who seek to perpetuate the victimization of children,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.
“Those who perpetuate crimes against children in Hancock County and across the state need to know that we will do everything in our power to protect our children and hold offenders accountable,” said Aimee Herring, assistant district attorney. Chief of Hancock County. “Special thanks to our federal partners and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for all their hard work on this investigation and prosecution that ultimately resulted in Ibarra’s conviction.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, and Indiana State Police investigated the case. The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office provided invaluable assistance. As part of Ibarra’s sentence, Judge James Patrick Hanlon ordered that he be monitored by the US Life Probation Office after his release from prison and ordered Ibarra to pay $30,000 each to the two underage victims. . Ibarra must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or goes to school, as required by law.
U.S. Attorney Myers credited Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina M. Korobov who prosecuted the case.
In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, Indiana’s Southern District was second out of the nation’s 94 federal districts for the number of child sexual abuse cases. continued.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and save the victims. For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc