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    Huge US child porn ring is dismantled with 14 arrests

    They say that 14 men running a secret, members-only child porn website have been arrested.

    About 250 children - mostly boys from the US - appeared on the site.

    The website had more than 27,000 subscribers, many of whom have been charged in individual cases.

    "Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation," Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale told Reuters news agency.

    read more .............. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26639092
     
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    Child porn ring with 27,000 members run by Abita Springs man, feds say
     
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    FBI PRESS RELEASE
    March 18, 2014


    Photos and b-roll available on http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/ICE

    WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, joined by representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana today highlighted the complete results of one of the largest online child exploitation investigations in the history of ICE, involving victims in 39 states and five countries.

    Fourteen men operating a child pornography website on the Darknet’s Onion Router, also known as Tor, have been arrested and charged as part of a conspiracy to operate a child exploitation enterprise, following an extensive international investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and USPIS. Eleven have been federally charged in the Eastern District of Louisiana and three in other districts. All are in federal custody.

    “Every day the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security work to keep our nation safe and a major part of that effort is the work of ICE Homeland Security Investigations, one of the largest investigative agencies with jurisdiction over a wide range of crimes spanning the U.S. and the entire globe,” said Secretary Johnson. “Today’s announcement underscores that work, with one of the largest online child exploitation investigations in the history of ICE, involving victims in 39 states and 5 countries.”

    So far, investigators have identified 251 minor victims in 39 states and five foreign countries: 228 in the United States and 23 in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium. Eight of the victims were female and 243 were male. The majority of victims, 159, were 13 to 15 years old. Fifty nine victims were 16 and 17; 26 victims were 10 to 12; four victims were 7 to 9; one victim was 4 to 6; and two victims were 3 years old or younger. All victims have been contacted by law enforcement and U.S. victims offered support services from HSI victim assistance specialists.

    “These indictments represent a strong coordinated strike – by Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and several U. S. Attorney’s Offices around the country – against child pornography and those who allegedly seek to harm our most vulnerable citizens, our young children,” stated U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.

    The website’s primary administrator, Jonathan Johnson, 27, of Abita Springs, La., has been charged with operating a child exploitation enterprise. He admitted to creating multiple fake female personas on popular social networks to target and sexually exploit children and to coaching other child predators in his inner circle to do the same. Jonathan Johnson has been in federal custody since his arrest June 13, 2013, and faces 20 years to life in prison.

    “Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation,” said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale. “Our agency is seeing a growing trend where children are being enticed, tricked and coerced online by adults to produce sexually explicit material of themselves. While we will continue to prioritize the arrest of child predators, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem: education is the key to prevention.”

    “Protecting children from crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation is a priority for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,” stated Gerald O’Farrell, inspector in charge of Criminal Investigations, National Headquarters. “I’m proud of the work of the Postal Inspection Service and our investigative partners to bring child predators to justice. U.S. Postal inspectors have investigated these crimes for more than a century. While the predators’ use of sophisticated technology has evolved, the core harm has not changed: a child’s lost innocence. We will not lose sight of this, and remain steadfast in our efforts to investigate, apprehend, and assist in the prosecution of those who seek to exploit children via the U.S. mail.”

    The underground website was a hidden service board on the Tor network and operated from about June 2012 until June 2013, at which time the site contained more than 2,000 videos and had more than 27,000 members. The website shared webcam-captured videos of mostly juvenile boys enticed by the operators of the site to produce sexually explicit material. Tor enables online anonymity, directing Internet traffic through a volunteer network consisting of thousands of relays to conceal a user’s location.

    The investigation was dubbed ‘Operation Round Table’ and began with the arrest of Jonathan Johnson by USPIS and HSI. Further computer forensic analysis by HSI revealed Jonathan Johnson to be the creator and administrator of the underground website. Ten additional individuals have been arrested and charged in the Eastern District of Louisiana as the primary operators, contributors and producers of material for the child exploitation enterprise:

    Daniel Nolan Devor, 39, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
    John C. Foster, 44 of Tipp City, Ohio, charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
    Aung Gaw aka Michael Gaw, 25, of Fremont, Calif., charged with receipt of child pornography
    Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography
    Sean Jabbar, 32, of Minneapolis, Minn., charged with receipt of child pornography
    Christopher Jamieson, 30, of Douglassville, Ga., charged with receipt of child pornography
    Andrew Korpal, 29, of Granger, Ind., charged with receipt of child pornography
    Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Wash., charged with receipt of child pornography
    Christopher Schwab, 25 of New Orleans, charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography
    Stanley Zdon, III, 27, of Tuckerton, N.J., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography

    Roy Naim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged in the Eastern District of New York with conspiracy to produce child pornography, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.
    Minh Vi Thong, 30, of Denver, Colo., was charged in the District of Colorado with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.
    Michael Eales, 24, of Westby, Wis., was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with production of child pornography. He was sentenced Oct. 29, 2013, to serve two concurrent 30-year terms in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for manufacturing child pornography.

    More than 300 investigations have been opened into potential subscribers of the website: 150 in the United States and 150 overseas. Investigators anticipate ongoing arrests and additional identification of victims as they continue to examine and analyze the more than 40 terabytes of data seized.

    The prosecution of this case in the Eastern District of Louisiana is being handled by Fraud Unit Chief and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

    Substantial assistance in this ongoing case is being provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    Operation Round Table was conducted as part of HSI’s Operation Predator to identify and rescue victims of online sexual exploitation and to arrest their abusers as well as others who own, trade and produce images of child pornography.

    Last fiscal year, 2,099 child predators were arrested by HSI on criminal charges related to the online sexual exploitation of children. In 2012, 1,655 child predators were arrested, 1,335 were arrested in 2011, and 912 were arrested in 2010. Since 2003, HSI has initiated more than 29,000 cases and arrested more than 10,000 individuals for these types of crimes. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Tips can also be made through HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app, which can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1eixbIM. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

    For more information, visit www.ICE.gov.

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    Indiana man caught in massive child pornography probe pleads guilty in New Orleans
     
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    New Orleans man caught in child pornography probe pleads guilty to sexually victimizing minors
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    Christopher Schwab

    In August, Schwab was arrested in Jefferson Parish on local charges. At the time, he was also under investigation in the federal case.

    New Orleans man booked with sexting, indecent behavior with juvenile
     
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    Tucson man arrested in federal child-porn sweep
    Fremont man tied to deep-web child porn network
    Granger native busted in huge national child porn ring
    Stanley Zdon III of Tuckerton nabbed in child porn investigation
     
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    5 Dallas boys among dozens of child victims ID’d by feds in massive child porn bust

    Child Pornography Ring Busted; One Victims From Amarillo
    Two San Angelo Teenagers Allegedly Victimized in Worldwide Online Child Porn Ring
    Agents ID victims from Orlando in child porn probe
    5 OC boys identified as victims in international child-porn sting
    2 Fort Myers teens among dozens of victims ID'ed by feds in child porn sting

    Brunswick (GA) man charged in global child porn ring

    NZ children caught in exploitation ring


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    http://sanangelolive.com/news/2014-...y-victimized-worldwide-online-child-porn-ring
     

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    Jonathan Johnson, 27 -- the "mastermind" :mad:

    Community tries to stem damage in child porn case
    The above bolded would be almost comical under different circumstances. In this situation, however, I can't say I blame Mr. Lemons for overstating the relevance of "three miles". I'm embarrassed to say I live within 50 miles of this person. He's a disgrace to all of Louisiana.
     
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    ICE seeks public's help to identify 'John Doe' conspirator in one of the largest-ever child pornography investigations. Unknown suspect is believed to be in southern Connecticut area

    There is no picture available, at this time.

    HSI special agents investigating this case believe "John Doe," whose real first name may be Shaun, is an adult male between 40 and 50 years old. They do not have a photo of the suspect.

    Based on investigative clues, HSI special agents believe this person may be living within a 100-mile radius of the New Haven, Connecticut, area. They believe he works in construction management and travels out of town regularly. They also believe he has degrees in electrical engineering and construction management and is proficient with computer programming. He may have previously worked as a director of IT or information security. He may also have a family member living in Hamburg, Germany, who he intended to visit in late spring of this year.


    http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1406/140609newhaven.htm
     
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    Hopefully someone will realize they know this person. At least there is a god description of what this POS does and what his name may be.

    Hope he is caught ASAP!
     
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    the Germany trip information is what will garner the best tip - that's the piece that will send someone from being unsure into the shock of realization that they need to call police immediately IMO
     
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    I read this article earlier today and thought it would be easy to sleuth this person based on the information they seem to know. If the perp had a social media account, it would seem easy to find.

    Hope this news release nails him.
     
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    Feds seek public’s help identifying child porn suspect
    Public's help sought in finding child porn suspect
    Other links:

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/federal_invesigators_suspected.html

    http://pix11.com/2014/06/09/feds-seek-help-finding-child-porn-suspect/
     

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