August 6, 2012 Comments Off on Vast international child-p_rn network uncovered
Vast international child-porn network uncovered
By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer Aug 4, 2012
BOSTON (AP) — The men came from different walks of life on two continents: a children’s puppeteer in Florida, a hotel manager in Massachusetts, an emergency medical technician in Kansas, a day care worker in the Netherlands. In all, 43 men have been arrested over the past two years in a horrific, far-flung child porn network that unraveled like a sweater with a single loose thread….
Authorities have identified more than 140 young victims so far and say there is no end in sight as they pore through hundreds of thousands of images found on the suspects’ computers. They are also trying to determine whether the men who talked about murder and cannibalism actually committed such acts or were just sharing twisted fantasies….
Robert Mikelsons, a 27-year-old day care worker who baby-sat the boy, was arrested. On his computer were thousands and thousands of images of children being molested and raped, including the boy holding the stuffed bunny.
Photos and online chats found on computers owned by Diduca and Mikelsons led to more than three dozen other suspects in seven countries, including Canada, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. The oldest victim in the Netherlands was 4, the youngest just 19 days old….
Mikelsons also received an 18-year sentence, followed by indefinite psychiatric commitment, after confessing to sexually abusing more than 80 children….
What they found on Arnett’s computer was unlike anything some of the investigators had ever come across: long, graphic, online chats about his desire to abduct, kill and eat children. They said he had also made photos of a naked 2-year-old boy in a roasting pan inside his oven. The child and two other boys Arnett allegedly abused and photographed were later identified and found alive….
Arrests in major child porn investigation Aug 4,2012
Some of the men charged in an international child porn investigation that has led to 43 arrests and the identification of more than 140 child victims….
August 1, 2012 Comments Off on Operation which traced 250,000 paedophiles worldwide last year
50 police officers arrested in child porn raids
Wednesday, Aug 01 2012
Fifty police officers across the UK have been arrested as part of a crackdown on suspected paedophiles who pay to access child pornography websites, detectives revealed today.
The officers were among 1,300 people arrested on suspicion of accessing or downloading indecent images of children – some as young as five – from US-based Internet sites.
Thirty-five men were arrested in London this morning as part of the investigation – codenamed Operation Ore – following raids on 45 addresses across the capital….
Mr Gamble said the 50 officers were among 1,200 Britons who had been identified as “category one or two” suspects – those who posed the greatest potential risk to children.
In addition, 40 children nationwide – 28 of them in London – had been identified as being at risk of being abused and appropriate steps had been taken with other agencies to ensure that all the youngsters were safe.
Before today’s arrests, the Metropolitan Police had executed 75 warrants across the capital with 65 arrests and more than 130 computers seized. Although 7,000 suspected users of “pay-per-view” child pornography sites based in the US were identified in Britain, Mr Gamble said the actual number of offenders would probably be lower, partly due to duplicates….
“Behind these indecent, abusive images are real children who will have suffered immense damage and trauma.”
Operation Ore is the UK wing of a huge FBI operation which traced 250,000 paedophiles worldwide last year through credit card details used to pay for downloading child porn.
The names of British suspects were passed on by US investigators.
Suspects were traced through the Landslide web site – a gateway to an international collection of child pornography sites.
Thomas Reedy, who ran the web site and earned millions from it, is now serving several life sentences in the US.
Statement of Legal Team for Sandusky Victim Number 2 with Voice Mails, Operation Tailspin Web Sting Arrests tried to meet underage girls for sex
July 27, 2012 Comments Off on Statement of Legal Team for Sandusky Victim Number 2 with Voice Mails, Operation Tailspin Web Sting Arrests tried to meet underage girls for sex
7th man arrested in Operation Tailspin is a registered sex offender
By Sean P. McCrory Staff writer Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Operation Tailspin, an undercover Internet sex sting involving the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement, landed its seventh arrest Monday evening — this time involving a registered sex offender who has served two prison terms for attempted sexual battery of a child.
Raymond E. Wortham, 38, of 11631 NE 105th Ave. in Archer, was arrested just before 5:30 p.m. Monday and charged with three felonies — using a two-way communications device to facilitate a felony, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child and using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child.
Wortham’s arrest follows the arrest of six other men during the undercover sting that began Wednesday and concluded Monday morning.
Wortham is alleged to have responded to an online ad posted on an e-commerce or social media site in which an adult male indicated he wanted to arrange a sexual encounter for his 14-year-old girlfriend, according to an arrest report. Wortham communicated with an undercover Alachua County law enforcement officer via phone, online messages and text messages in agreeing to a rendezvous, the report states.
Wortham then traveled to the arranged location and asked for the 14-year-old to walk out and meet him after being told she was alone, according to the report. He then was arrested.
Bond amounts vary widely for Operation Tailspin suspects
By Jon Silman Staff writer Wednesday, July 25, 2012
With seven men ensnared by Operation Tailspin on allegations they sought out children for sex, court records show quite a disparity in the bond amounts given to suspects with similar charges….
Seven men who authorities say were intent on having sex with children were arrested in an online undercover operation that lasted from July 18 to Monday. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville and Alachua police departments assisted in the sting.
ASO: 6 arrested in Web sting, tried to meet underage girls for sex By Jon Silman Staff writer Monday, July 23, 2012
Area authorities have arrested six men over the past week in an undercover Internet sex sting dubbed Operation Tailspin.
STATEMENT OF LEGAL TEAM FOR SANDUSKY VICTIM NUMBER 2
July 26, 2012
To protect our client’s privacy and in response to several recent media inquiries, we confirm that our legal team, which includes Joel Feller and Matt Casey of the Philadelphia law firm of Ross Feller Casey, LLP, and State College-based attorneys Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin, represents the person identified as Victim 2.
Our client suffered extensive sexual abuse over many years both before and after the 2001 incident Michael McQueary witnessed in the Penn State Lasch building shower. Penn State has now admitted and there is no longer any question that its top officials could have and should have prevented these acts. Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of Victim 2 and other children is a direct result of a conspiracy to conceal Sandusky’s conduct and the decisions by top Penn State officials that facilitated and enabled his access to victims. We intend to file a civil lawsuit against Penn State University and others and to hold them accountable for the egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse our client suffered.
website has voice mails believed to be from Sandusky