It's obvious that I'm not going to be able to keep up with the number of child porn arrests flooding the news currently. I'm assuming that we're just starting to see the arrests of those caught in the net of Operation Rescue. I honestly don't know how LE is going to follow through with checking out 77,000 names but I am seeing an uptick. I plan to concentrate on those arrested who are in the helping professions--teachers, clergy, medical personnel, coaches, therapists. Today, I get to start close to home. Very close to home...only two blocks from my long time home in Ashland. There's some curious issues brought up here for which I'd love to hear some feedback.

http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbc...WS02/104010303

2 arrested on charges of child pornography in separate cases

"The region's high-tech crime team spent most of Wednesday in Ashland tracking down two men accused of downloading numerous images and videos of child pornography. The first case involved a homeless man suspected of poaching wireless hot spots to download pictures and videos showing the rape of prepubescent children, according to Central Point police Lt. Josh Moulin, the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force supervisor.

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Eventually, the task force was able to connect the downloads to Thomas William Crimmins, 53, a transient who camps out above Park Street in Ashland. "We believe Crimmins' online account was responsible for distributing these images..."

and

Moulin said the case is a good reminder that anyone with wireless Internet should secure their connection with passwords. "If you don't secure your system, anyone can use it to download child pornography..."

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Task force members conducted an undercover online investigation in November to find people in southern Oregon who were involved with the sexual exploitation of children. This investigation led them to suspect that child porn was being downloaded in a house in the 500 block of Walnut Street in Ashland. A search of the house turned up digital evidence that was found to contain images of children being sexually abused..."

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"...Police arrested David Paul Cassidy, 56, and charged him with 10 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse and 10 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse...."


more at link



Ashland is a small, tight-knit community. It only took me two quick emails to learn that Crimmins has been in town for over a decade and is well known. The man attends lots of events where children are present. My question concerning that bust is how do LE trace the downloads when they are made at a place like the library or a coffee house?

As to Cassidy, that arrest is very disturbing. Turns out that he's an RN...or was until last week:

http://www.oregon.gov/OSBN/discipline-March2011.shtml

March 23, 2011
"The Board accepted the voluntary surrender of David P. Cassidy’s Registered Nurse license (096007154RN) for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of the Nurse Monitoring Program. He resides in Ashland, Ore."

Does anyone know how to figure out just where this man worked as an RN? His home is only a block from Ashland Community Hospital but he could have worked at any number of clinics or offices. He also plays with a band called Group Therapy which plays at family restaurants. Looks like the band has a full schedule.

Just a great reminder that they are everywhere. Everywhere.