Father pleads guilty to international parental kidnapping

December 10, 2012

Source: NBC-WKTV News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – An Ilion native pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charged of international parental kidnapping.

Jeffrey Shipman, an Ilion native, admitted that on on July 12, 2007 he left the United States with his then 3-year-old daughter , flying from JFK Airport in New York City to London-Heathrow Airport, with the intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of the mother’s parental rights. Authorities said Shipman further admitted that he kept the child outside the United States for the next 4 ½ years, traveling from England, to Germany, France, and Thailand.

He ultimately turned himself and the child in to authorities in Bangkok, Thailand in March of this year. The child, now 9 years old, has been reunited with her mother.

The crime of International Parental Kidnapping carries a maximum sentence of 36 months imprisonment and up to one year of supervised release. Shipman and the United States Attorney’s
Office have agreed on a binding sentence of 30 months imprisonment and 1 year supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 4, 2013.

Shipman’s arrest was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service. Shipman is being prosecuted by AUSA Lisa Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, and led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe
Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

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