FBI Once Investigated Michael Jackson For 'Transporting A Minor Across State Lines For Immoral Purposes'
The FBI on Tuesday released its files relating to pop star Michael Jackson. Most of the seven files, which comprise a total of 333 pages, relate to the bureau's assistance with local cases surrounding molestation allegations.
In 1993, the FBI states, its London and Manila offices stepped into a Santa Barbara and Los Angeles joint investigation of alleged molestation on the part of the King of Pop. "The U.S. Attorney declined to pursue a federal investigation, including a possible violation of the Mann Act (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes), and no charges were filed by the state," states the bureau.
In 1995 the FBI was asked to analyze a VHS tape allegedly connected to Jackson that was obtained by a U.S. Customs agent in Florida. It was purported to show possible child molestation but "forensic specialists discovered that the tape was a 'poor quality third or fourth generation recording' and informed the Customs Service of their findings.'
In 2004 the bureau was asked to help with another child-molestation case. It looked at computers and digital media seized from Jackson's Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara. And its Critical Incident Response Group was asked to do behavioral analysis on a witness, but the witness didn't cooperate. Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005.
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