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The FBI’s Michael Jackson files revealed

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The FBI has released all of its investigative files involving one Michael Joseph Jackson, including a trio of documents on probes of child molestation charges against the “celebrity pop star” that later proved unfounded.


California law enforcement authorities summoned the bureau three different times — between 1993 and 1994 and separately between 2004 and 2005 — to help with probes of “possible child molestation,” the FBI’s files say.

“The Bureau also investigated threats made against Mr. Jackson and others by an individual who was later imprisoned for these crimes,” the documents say.

The FBI posted seven files in all on its website , including one involving a 2004 probe in which investigators collected “sexually explicit magazines, and books” and gave authorities in Santa Barbara help in “prosecutive strategy.”

Bureau officials said they got involved in an August 2004 arraignment because of the perceived “soft target” potential for terrorism that the courthouse, packed and ringed by cameras and reporters offered.

In several areas, names are whited out — or “redacted” — to protect certain agents and minors.

The files:

9A-LA-142276 : 1992 to 1993: This file details a Los Angeles field office investigation into extortion threats against Michael Jackson and others in 1992. The subject of this investigation pled guilty and was sentenced to prison in 1993. A total of 111 pages were withheld to prevent duplication of material already released or to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices. Some information was referred to the U.S. Secret Service.

62D-LA-162715 : September 16, 1993 to August 8, 1994:
This file involves a Los Angeles field office investigation opened to assist local authorities with a child molestation case in 1993. The case never went to trial. Ninety-five pages were withheld to prevent duplication of material already released or to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices.

62D-L0-11779
: September 2, 1993 to October 22, 1993:
This file was opened by the FBI’s legal attaché office in London when it assisted local authorities with a child molestation investigation in 1993. Thirteen pages were withheld to protect personal privacy and the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence.

95A-HQ-1148159 : October 30, 1995 to January 24, 1997: This file details a request made to the FBI to analyze a VHS videotape provided by the U.S. Customs Service as part of a child pornography investigation. Some information was redacted to protect personal privacy. Four pages were referred to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for a release determination.

62D-LA-236081 : January 15, 2004 to April 27, 2004: Our Los Angeles field office opened this file when it was asked by local authorities to provide forensic computer analysis assistance in a child molestation investigation in 2004. The examination of evidence in this case was conducted by the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART). Mr. Jackson was ultimately acquitted of these charges in a California court. One hundred and twenty-three pages were withheld to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices or to prevent the disclosure of techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.

305B-LA-239204
: September 14, 2004 to December 9, 2004: This Los Angeles field office file was opened in 2004 to investigate child molestation allegations. Due to lack of witness cooperation, the case was closed.

252B-IR-6808
: March 1, 2004 to June 29, 2005: This file involves a request made of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group to provide advice and assistance to local authorities concerning a child molestation investigation in 2004. Some information was redacted to protect personal privacy and internal rules and practices.

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