PITTSBURGH — A medical student told a classmate he was trying to recruit a New Zealand woman and her 4-year-old daughter to be his sex slaves, and a search by federal agents found that he possessed child pornography, authorities said.
Jeremy Noyes claimed he wanted to use the woman and her daughter to start a "society" of sex slaves that would live on a farm or an island, the classmate told the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI said in an affidavit filed Aug. 13 that it began investigating Noyes, 30, after someone tipped them off about his efforts to recruit a woman and her daughter from New Zealand to come to the United States.
Investigators got warrants to search Noyes' two e-mail accounts and found "numerous images of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit activity," the FBI wrote in the affidavit.
The images Noyes is accused of sending and receiving do not depict the New Zealand woman or her daughter. Special Agent William Crowley, the FBI's western Pennsylvania spokesman, on Tuesday could not say if authorities have determined whether they even exist.
Tipster details suspect's plans
The tipster's note to the FBI led the agency to interview a woman who attended school with Noyes at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The classmate told the FBI she had dated Noyes and acted as his sex slave.
She also detailed Noyes' plans for a woman in New Zealand who is pregnant, and her daughter, the affidavit said.
"Noyes intended to impregnate (the 4-year-old) when she was between the ages of 8 and 14 and then continue to breed the future offspring that would result from his plan," Noyes' classmate told the FBI. "Noyes intends to buy a farm or an island where he could put his new society together."
Noyes was in custody Tuesday and faces a hearing before a federal magistrate in Erie on Thursday to determine if he will remain jailed until he stands trial. He is represented by a federal public defender whose office has a policy of not commenting to the media.
The FBI investigation said it found women who corresponded with Noyes online and, in turn, the child-sex images in his e-mail account earlier this month.
Noyes faces up to 40 years in prison if he is convicted of the child pornography charges.
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