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Homeland Security employee indicted in child porn case

A Homeland Security employee arrested last week in a sting involving a sordid Craigslist ad has been indicted in federal court in Sacramento.

George Hristovski, 55, of Elverta was indicted Thursday for attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Court documents allege that Hristovski posted an online advertisement seeking a mother who was willing to introduce him to her daughter for the purpose of having sex with the girl. He was arrested Aug. 4 after allegedly making explicit demands for pornographic images of a 13-year-old girl that he believed he was communicating with, and for attempting to arrange a meeting with the girl for the purpose of having sex with her.

The Associated Press reported that Hristovski worked for the federal Transportation Security Administration and has been suspended from his job.

In a separate case, a federal grand jury on Thursday returned an indictment against Christopher Raymond Smithson, 34, Sacramento, charging him with possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, in June, Smithson possessed visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Titles of the visual depictions referred to children as young as 4 years old.

In updates of other child exploitation cases, the Department of Justice reported that Keon Jamar Nunnelly, 30, of Sacramento pleaded guilty Tuesday to sex trafficking of a minor.

According to court documents, Nunnelly posted online prostitution ads for a 16-year-old girl in Sacramento and Anaheim. He managed the victim by providing direction on when and where she should work, transporting her to hotels, and providing protection and security.

Authorities said Nunnelly knew the girl was an minor and would be engaged in commercial sex acts.

Nunnelly is to be sentenced Nov. 8 by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

In another case, Gerald Ratulowski, 69, of Antelope was sentenced Aug. 7 by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 14 years in prison for receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, between June and September 2012, Ratulowski shared files of child pornography through an Internet file-sharing service. Several thousand images and videos of child pornography were found in his computer.