North Las Vegas Man Charged For Kidnapping And Sexually Exploiting A 14-Year-Old Arizona Girl
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A North Las Vegas man who kidnapped a girl in Bullhead City, Arizona, then repeatedly sexually assaulted her at his house in North Las Vegas where he held her hostage for approximately one month, had his initial court appearance today, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI’s Las Vegas Field Office.
Jimmy Carter Kim, 29, was arrested and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Hoffman. He is charged by a criminal complaint with one count of kidnapping, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and one count of possession of child pornography.
As alleged in the complaint, between November 1, 2015 and December 3, 2015, Kim offered a ride to and kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was walking down the street in Bullhead City, Arizona. He drugged her, then drove her to his house in North Las Vegas, where he locked her in a bedroom. Kim repeatedly sexually assaulted her and took photos of the assaults with his iPhone. He also threatened to shoot her with a firearm if she attempted to leave the house. On about December 3, 2015, she was able to escape from the bedroom and contact law enforcement.
Based on the victim’s description of the suspect and the house, detectives with the North Las Vegas Police Department were able to identify and interview Kim. During a forensic examination of his iPhone, numerous images and videos of child pornography produced by Kim were found.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 12, 2018. The maximum statutory penalty is life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you have information regarding Jimmy Kim, please contact the nearest FBI field office or local law enforcement. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com(link is external), or contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Cyber Tipline at www.cybertipline.org(link is external).
The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by the FBI with assistance by the North Las Vegas Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elham Roohani and Christopher Burton are prosecuting the case.
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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals, federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.
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