Orlando Man Linked To International Child Porn Ring
#4 Aug 4, 2011
I don't know but WS has a pretty comprehensive thread going on about it. They listed names and occupations of many of the men involved.
#5 Aug 4, 2011
Here's another link-
BUFFALO, N.Y.-- Seventy two people have been indicted for participating in an international network of child pornography and sexually abusing kids. Two of the suspects are from Western New York.
The U.S. Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security unsealed three indictments and one complaint charging 72 people for their participation in the international criminal network that took place on an online forum called "Dreamboard."
On the members-only, Internet bulletin board, the suspects were accused of creating and disseminating graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse throughout the world.
The bust is the largest in the history of this country, and two of the defendants are from Western New York and were arrested here.
Christopher Luke, 31, of School Street in Kenmore, was arrested back in March. Todd Stumpf, 59, of Fillmore Ave. in Buffalo, was arrested July 14.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Fauzia K. Mattingly, who handled the case locally, both defendants were detained and transferred to the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport for further prosecution.
WEB EXTRA: Click here to read the indictment. WARNING.. content has graphic, explicit details.
"The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation but for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "This operation marks another important step forward in our work to protect children across - and beyond - this country. Our nation's fight to protect the rights, interests, and safety of children goes on, and it will continue to be a top priority of this Justice Department."
"I echo the sentiments of Attorney General Holder," said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. "This is a horrific crime that can ruin the lives of children and devastate families. Our Office will continue to vigorously work with our law enforcement partners at every level to protect and defend the most vulnerable in our society and bring these predators to justice."
Operation Delego, as it is called, began in December 2009 and targeted the 72 charged defendants and more than 500 additional individuals around the world for their participation in Dreamboard. Organizers of the online bulletin board promoted pedophilia and encourage the sexual abuse of very young children in an environment designed to avoid law enforcement detection.
Officials say members of this online group traded graphic images and videos of adults molesting children 12 years-old and under, often violently, and collectively created a massive private library of images of child sexual abuse.
Napolitano said the network contained about 123 terabytes of data -- roughly the equivalent of 16,000 DVDs.
All of the defendants are charged with conspiring to advertise and distribute child pornography. Fifty of them are also charged with engaging in a child pornography enterprise.
Attorney General Holder said no sentence is long enough to properly punish those responsible for this network.
US Attorneys Office, Western District
#6 Aug 4, 2011
These men are true evil.
#7 Aug 4, 2011
Here's the actual indictment. It's graphic-lists real names names and internet user names.
#8 Aug 4, 2011
If anyone is sleuthing around and finds something about these men, here's a link to report it. They get back to you with a confirmation very quickly. You have to give your real name and address but you might just save a child by doing so.
It's the Innocent Images unit of the FBI.
Since: Sep 09
#9 Aug 4, 2011
I agree, Chrissy!
freakin sick basturds....
#10 Aug 4, 2011
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Attorney General and DHS Secretary Announce Largest U.S. Prosecution of International Criminal Network Organized to Sexually Exploit Children
Members of Online Child Pornography Community Arrested on Five Continents
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today the unsealing of three indictments and one complaint charging a total of 72 individuals for their participation in an international criminal network dedicated to the sexual abuse of children and the creation and dissemination of graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse throughout the world. Attorney General Holder and Secretary Napolitano announced the charges with Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Director of U.S. Immigration of Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton and U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley of the Western District of Louisiana.
Operation Delego, an ongoing investigation that was launched in December 2009, targeted the 72 charged defendants and more than 500 additional individuals around the world for their participation in Dreamboard – a private, members-only, online bulletin board that was created and operated to promote pedophilia and encourage the sexual abuse of very young children, in an environment designed to avoid law enforcement detection. To date, 52 of the 72 charged defendants have been arrested in the United States and abroad. Members traded graphic images and videos of adults molesting children 12 years-old and under, often violently, and collectively created a massive private library of images of child sexual abuse. The international group prized and encouraged the creation of new images and videos of child sexual abuse – numerous Dreamboard members sexually abused children, produced images and videos of the abuse, and shared the images and videos with other members of Dreamboard. Operation Delego represents the largest prosecution to date in the United States of individuals who participated in an online bulletin board conceived and operated for the sole purpose of promoting child sexual abuse, disseminating child pornography and evading law enforcement.
#11 Aug 4, 2011
“The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation but for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare,” said Attorney General Holder.“This operation marks another important step forward in our work to protect children across - and beyond - this country. Our nation’s fight to protect the rights, interests, and safety of children goes on, and it will continue to be a top priority of this Justice Department.”
“This operation is an example of the good work that DHS, through its principal investigative arm, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), does every year in cooperation with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to protect children,” said Secretary Napolitano.“We take our responsibility to protect our children seriously, and this case is a prime example of how cooperation can bring real results.”
“As alleged in court documents, Dreamboard was a self-described global ‘community’ of pedophiles dedicated to the relentless victimization and exploitation of children 12 and under,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.“Using sophisticated methods to evade detection by law enforcement, Dreamboard members allegedly used the power and anonymity of the Internet to motivate each other to commit their horrific acts of sexual abuse of minors and trading in child pornography. The charges unsealed today show the department’s continued commitment to a strategy of targeting the most sophisticated child exploitation networks, at home and abroad. No matter how savvy online predators think they are, we will find them, dismantle their networks, and bring them to justice.”
“These indictments capture the activity of a major, global child pornography and exploitation enterprise whose primary objective was to sexually abuse vulnerable children,” said U.S. Attorney Finley.“I hope that these charges send a clear message that we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those who participate in this type of activity. We will continue to aggressively pursue these criminals to ensure that there is no place to hide – not in the United States, not anywhere around the globe.”
#12 Aug 4, 2011
It's hard to believe there are people like this out there. I'm reading more about it and it's mind-boggling! I don't think I've ever read about such evilness. These people walk among us and we don't even know it!
#13 Aug 4, 2011
It looks like they will be tried in Louisiana-
Major international child porn ring bust includes former Parry McCluer football coach
Feds say Joseph Matthew Wheeler was part of Dreamboard a site that targeted children as young as infants
BUENA VISTA, Va.—
U.S. officials have dismantled what they call a major international child pornography ring, which allegedly includes a former Parry McCluer High School football coach.
Joseph Matthew Wheeler is accused of being a member of an online bulletin board called Dreamboard on which participants posted links to child pornography. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Investigators say members were able to request specific pornographic images on this online bulletin board. Authorities say members could "achieve elevated membership status on the board" by providing more and more material to the board.
Seventy-two people, some in the United States and others overseas, were indicted Wednesday. Fifty-two of those indicted have been arrested, Wheeler being one of those arrested. Officials are still looking for up to 500 more people who may be involved.
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U.S. officials say the material found on this site involved children 12 and under with some as young as infants. The site was described by investigators as "egregiously sick" with various special sub-sections.
Wheeler is expected to stand trial in Lafayette, Louisiana.
#14 Aug 4, 2011
A police officer-
Former Kingsport Police officer indicted in child pornography ring
UPDATE: August 3 2:25 p.m.
Ex-Kingsport police officer Richard Chandler is a named party in the indictments handed down by the U.S. Department of Justice that busts an international child pornography ring named "Dreamboard."
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Bowman of the U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tenn. Chandler is named in the indictment.
Chandler went under the screen name "Almeda" in his activities on the child pornography website.
"The Kingsport Police Department was instrumental in helping U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents identify Chandler, "Bowman says.
Chandler is in the custody of U.S. Marshals
UPDATE: August 3 12:01 p.m.
The Federal Government just announced it busted up the largest international criminal network ever organized to sexually exploit children.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the prosecution just moments ago.
Defendants being charged were members of a private members-only online bulletin board entitled "Dreamboard." To be a member participants had to upload images of children being abused.
The U.S. Attorney's Office let 11Connects know about today's news conference in response to our request for information about former Kingsport police officer Richard Chandler. Chandler resigned from the Kingsport Police Department on July 22 following his arrest by federal authorities.
Chandler's arrest is the subject of a sealed federal indicment in Shreveport, La.
The connection between Chandler and today's announcement is still not clear. Look for more today here on TriCities.com and tonight on 11Connects starting at 5 p.m.
A local police officer is not longer on the job today because of an investigation about which no one is talking.
However, we know that it reaches from Lafayette, La. to Kingsport.
Federal officials have been refering 11Connects to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Louisiana. So far no official statement has been given from them today.
Richard Chandler, 30, of Church Hill, Tenn. had worked as a patrolman with the KPD for two years, and before that worked at the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department as a deputy.
A Kingsport city official said that during Chandler's two-years as an officer he had a clean employee record.
Documents at the Washington County Tennessee Jail confirm that Chandler was booked in Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service as a federal inmate and is still there today.
We've just learned that the Department of Homeland Security did confiscate a city computer used by Chandler as part of the investigation. Why?
We don't know as of yet.
11Connects spoke to an official with the F.B.I. and they told us that the Immigration Customs and Enforcement Office is also involved in the case.
Stay tuned to 11Connects and TriCities.com for more information.
Kingsport police officer Richard Chandler resigned from the police department and is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Office , according to Kingsport Police Department spokesman Tim Whaley.
Whaley said he worked for two years as a patrolman there.
Whaley said his office has been instructed not to comment about Chandler because of the nature of the case.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred 11 Connects to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Louisiana for comment.
#15 Aug 4, 2011
Why are they referring their questions to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Office I wonder?
#16 Aug 4, 2011
Here's a detective in England that was involved in a missing teen who was found murdered-busted, for child porn. I wonder if it's part of the same investigation?
#17 Aug 4, 2011
Danielle detective arrested over child porn
A detective who worked on the investigation into the murder of teenager Danielle Jones has today been arrested in connection with allegations of child pornography.
It is understood the officer is Detective Constable Chris Lacey, who is based at Colchester police station.
The officer was one of six men arrested at various locations across Essex as part of a continuing investigation into images of child abuse.
The arrests were made following information passed on by the American authorities following an investigation into child pornography websites.
Danielle Jones, 15, from Tilbury, Essex, was last seen near her home last June. Her body has never been found.
Her uncle, Stuart Campbell, has been charged with her murder and is due to stand trial next week.
#18 Aug 4, 2011
Some of the scum were in Canada-
Global child porn bust largest ever
Two Canadians implicated in joint announcement between U.S. attorney general and Homeland Security
By Amy Minsky, Postmedia News August 4, 2011
Two Canadians have been indicted in what's being billed as the largest online child porn bust of its kind.
Canadian citizens Brandon William Lane and Paul Graham Fry were named in an indictment dated March 16, 2011.
It was one of three indictments made public Wednesday during a joint announcement between the U.S. attorney general and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The U.S. Department of Justice released the names of the Canadians, but couldn't disclose where in Canada they lived.
Overall, 72 people have been charged for their involvement in an international child pornography ring that began in Louisiana, where members could share images of young children being sexually abused, and sometimes crying in pain, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.
"The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation but for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare," Holder said.
So far, 52 people across five continents and 14 countries, including Canada, have been arrested and 13 have pleaded guilty. Holder said another 20 individuals remain at large and are known only by their online identities.
Lane used the pseudonym "Boss Hiaka," while Fry wen by "Lofty," according to the documents.
The ongoing investigation, dubbed Operation Delego, was launched in December 2009.
In addition to the 72 people charged, the investigation targeted more than 500 other people around the world who were members of Dreamboard - an online forum U.S. officials described as a private, members-only forum "created and operated to promote pedophilia and encourage the sexual abuse of very young children, in an environment designed to avoid law enforcement detection."
RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Julie Gagnon said the force was not involved in any arrests, but its Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children played a "co-ordinating role" between U.S. officials and local police in Canada.
She said she wasn't able to say how many Canadians were investigated or where they lived.
#19 Aug 4, 2011
These people were MAKING the videos! Where are the children from the videos?????
One of those arrested is Daniel Deschenes, from Terryville. He was indicted in October on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of children and activities regarding material containing child pornography, according to federal court records online.
The case is pending in federal court in Shreveport, La.
#20 Aug 4, 2011
From the Homeland Security site.
"Disturbingly, 20 of the 72 charged individuals remain at large and are known by authorities only by their online identities. Efforts to identify and apprehend these individuals is ongoing. Thirteen of the 52 individuals who’ve been arrested have pleaded guilty."
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