Child Porn Rings Dismantled

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  1. ccheese

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    Seven Massive Porn Rings Dismantled

    02/09/09
    What started as a tip from Australian authorities in 2006 regarding a sexually explicit video has turned into one of the largest global child pornography investigations on record—and a model for how law enforcement cooperation can cast a powerful light into the darkest reaches of the Internet to bring child predators to justice.

    Operation Joint Hammer has resulted in the rescue of 14 girls—some as young as 3 years old—who were being sexually abused by pornographers. Approximately 170 people have been arrested, more than 60 of them U.S. citizens. Seven major child pornography rings, hosting the worst of the worst, have been dismantled. And the investigation is far from complete
    Working with international law enforcement organizations, members of our Innocent Images National Initiative program are playing a key role in the operation, along with the Department of Justice (DOJ), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Here is what happened: Authorities in Queensland, Australia came across a pornographic video online showing a young victim. This victim was determined to be Dutch with a Flemish accent. Authorities in Belgium were contacted, and the ensuing European investigation became known as Operation Koala.

    Belgian police identified and arrested the molester, who provided information about the video’s producer, an Italian national who ran a pornographic website. When Italian police arrested the producer and shut down his website, they retrieved 50,000 e-mails to the porn site. Those e-mails formed the basis of Operation Joint Hammer. They were routed by Europol to the 28 countries from which they originated—with more than 11,000 coming from the United States.

    The Innocent Images Operations Unit, along with our U.S. partners, quickly got to work. From the U.S. e-mails, about 700 became workable investigative leads. These were divided between the FBI, USPIS, and ICE. DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, responsible for prosecuting the federal cases, also played a critical role. As the investigation proceeded, many of our state and local law enforcement partners participated, conducting searches and making arrests.

    The investigation is ongoing, but already dangerous sexual predators have been stopped:

    A New Jersey man pled guilty to producing sexual images of his 9-year-old daughter. Evidence seized during the search of his home revealed that he had nearly 130,000 images of child pornography. He was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.

    An Arizona fifth-grade schoolteacher was a customer of the Italian pornography website. A search of his home resulted in allegations of sexual contact with female students at his school. He faces multiple charges of sexual exploitation of children.

    A convicted sex offender from Philadelphia who spent 15 years in prison for molesting children was charged with advertising, distributing, and receiving child pornography. Evidence indicates that he administered two major global online child pornography bulletin boards.

    So far, the FBI and our U.S. partners have conducted more than 250 searches as part of the operation. “We’re still working our way through all the cases,” said our agent in charge of the investigation.

    “Cooperation is the key,” the agent added. “During our regular meetings with postal inspectors, ICE, and DOJ, we do whatever needs to be done as a team to make sure the cases keep moving forward.”

    Resources:
    - Innocent Images website
    - Related national press release


    This from an FBI newsletter...

    Charles
     
  2. Aaron Brooks Wolters

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    Nicely done, less scumbags. I can't understand why anyone would do that, just sick .
     
  4. RabidAlien

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    One way the Justice system works well....these sickos will be tossed into General Population. I hope their stay is long and memorable.
     
  5. Vassili Zaitzev

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    No kidding, those guys on the bottom of the food chain in there, it'll be hell for them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
     
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    It's a crying shame that everyone convicted isn't going to be summarily executed.
     
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    "General prison population" Place them there naked.
     
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    Pleasing to hear this...still don't know WTF is wrong with some people
     
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    It never ceases to amaze me how many people are actually into this bile sh*t. I say put them in front of a firing squad.
     
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    Heh. Putting them in "General" is better than a firing squad. They won't last 6 months before the other inmates do them in. In a very nasty and unpleasant way. There is still an honor code amongst thieves, after all.
     
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    6 months?! I give them 6 hours before one of them gets a shiv in their gut!
     
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    Only if the justice system will work so well in all cases....Anyway good thing those bastards were caught...
     
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    Good stuff...! Let the other inmates play with them....
     
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    Sons of B!tches......F*cking scum...hope their lives are short and excrutiatingly painful....

    ...chip in anytime Dan....
     
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    Disgusting. Anyone who takes advantage of a child deserves a heinous death. Hey Dan, up for a little spleen hacky sack?
     
  16. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    I think that this the lowest of crimes that can be committed. To destroy the innocence of a child like this is worse than murder in my opinion.

    I have no sympathy for people that commit these crimes and would love to put my own kind of "justice" on them.
     
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    nice to see all the anti-death-penalty countries on my side for a change.
     
  18. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    I am not anti death penlty...

    Just because there is a German flag (because I live in Germany...), does not mean that I am American. I have always supported the death penalty.
     
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    I agree Adler, it seems worse than murder. Some of the worst crimes in the world are ones like these. A abused child will have mental scars from it all the rest of his life.

    So I'm glad the Law has their hand on the people who do this.
     
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    Australia and the UK are in this thread too.
     
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