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Case Number: 2:19-cr-00728
Judge: Harvey Bartle, III
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia
Description: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with traveling to the Philippines to engage in sex with children as young as 12 years old.
Between 2016 and 2019, Craig Alex Levin, 67, of King of Prussia, was a retired special education teacher who traveled to the Philippines nine times, each time for the purpose of engaging in sex with disadvantaged minors who, by Levin’s own words, were hungry or needed money for medicine for family members. In May 2019, the Philippine National Police arrested Levin as he was about to enter the elevator at his hotel with a 15-year-old girl. Upon search of his hotel room, police located several notebooks containing the names and ages of hundreds of girls, whom he rated based on several categories, including age. Only girls under the age of 18 received a top score of 10. There were multiple children as young as 12 listed in the notebooks.
In June 2022, Levin pleaded guilty to six counts charging him with foreign travel to engage in sex with a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, and distribution and transportation of child pornography.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division made the announcement.
The FBI and Philippine National Police investigated the case.
Trial Attorney Austin M. Berry of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rotella for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania prosecuted the case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs assisted with securing evidence from the Philippines, including through mutual legal assistance requests.
Outcome: 05/09/2023 154 Minute Entry for proceedings held before HONORABLE HARVEY BARTLE, III in Courtroom 16A:Sentencing held on 5/9/23 for CRAIG ALEX LEVIN (1), Count(s) 11s, 13s-14s, 16s, 6s, 9s, IMPRISONMENT: 35 YEARS; SUPERVISED RELEASE: LIFE; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $600.00; RESTITUTION: $30,000. COURT ADVISED DEFENDANT OF HIS RIGHT TO APPEAL.Court Reporter ESR.(mac) (Entered: 05/09/2023)
05/09/2023 155 ORDER OF FORFEITURE AS TO CRAIG ALEX LEVIN. Signed by HONORABLE HARVEY BARTLE, III on 5/9/23.5/9/23 Entered and Copies E-Mailed. (mac) (Entered: 05/09/2023)
05/09/2023 156 JUDGMENT AS TO CRAIG ALEX LEVIN (1), Count(s) 11s, IMPRISONMENT: 420 MONTHS; SUPERVISED RELEASE: LIFE; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $600.00; RESTITUTION: $30,000; Count(s) 13s-14s, 16s, IMPRISONMENT: 240 MONTHS; SUPERVISED RELEASE: LIFE; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $600.00; RESTITUTION: $30,000; Count(s) 6s, 9s, IMPRISONMENT: 360 MONTHS; SUPERVISED RELEASE: LIFE; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $600.00; RESTITUTION: $30,000. Signed by HONORABLE HARVEY BARTLE, III on 5/9/23.5/9/23 Entered and Copies E-Mailed. (mac) (Entered: 05/09/2023)