A 22-year-old man from Southwest Florida who headed a charity that campaigns against sexual violence has been arrested in New York for child pornography and allegedly attempting to arrange sexual encounters with children as young as two years old.
Joel Davis, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for founding Youth to End Sexual Violence and later served as the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, was caught sending text messages to undercover FBI agents for several weeks. He reportedly told the agents that he was interested in sexual encounters with children of all ages, allegedly writing which sexual actions he wanted to have with the children.
According to prosecutors, Davis repeatedly asked an undercover agent for sexually explicit pictures and videos of the children.
As The Daily Mail reports, “He is accused of sending the agents sexually explicit photographs of infants and toddlers, including some of the children engaged in sex acts with adults. The 22-year-old allegedly arranged to meet the nine-year-old daughter of one of the undercover agents and with the purported two-year-old daughter of the officer's girlfriend.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. stated, “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.”
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman echoed:
Davis started an organization devoted to stopping sexual violence, while allegedly engaged in the duplicitous behavior of sharing explicit images of infants engaged in sexual activity. Davis also allegedly solicited an undercover officer — whom he thought to be a willing participant — to send sexually explicit videos of his nine-year-old daughter, and even to set up a sexual encounter between himself and a two-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.
Davis attended a Human Rights Campaign gala in New York in February 2017. His LinkedIn profile states that he attended Oxford University, Columbia University and The Juilliard School. The Columbia Spectator described him as a “general studies” student, and stated that Davis allegedly confessed to officers that he had sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in the past. He wrote a column in 2014 for the Huffington Post in which he condemned the sexual exploitation of children, asserting, “Youth to End Sexual Violence is one example of how youth-led organizations around the world are standing together in solidarity — demanding a seat at the discussion table for youth survivors, activists, and leaders. It’s young people like us who are providing the most inclusive leadership.”