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40 years for online infant sex abuse

2011-06-14 22:33

Chicago - An Illinois man caught in an international paedophile sting was sentenced to 40 years in jail for sexually molesting an infant during an online live video stream, US prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Brian Annorneo, 35, was among more than two dozen paedophiles caught after undercover officers were able to infiltrate a private online chat room used to trade thousands of abusive images and videos.

"Our investigators took aggressive action to target Brian Annorneo and take down the international network he was a part of that shockingly molested children 'on demand' for others to request and view in secure video chat rooms," said John Morton, director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"We are grateful for the support we received from our exceptional global law enforcement partners in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom to dismantle this international conspiracy that targeted children."

Annorneo, who molested the infant in 2005, has been in custody since his January 2006 arrest.

He pleaded guilty in December to one count each of conspiracy to receive, transmit and advertise child pornography, receiving child pornography, and possessing child pornography.

Annorneo, who used the screen name "Acidburn," admitted to participating in an internet chat room known as "Kiddypics & Kiddyvids" which allowed users to engage in peer-to-peer file sharing.

The chat room was hosted by a Tennessee man until he was arrested in 2006, at which point an Iowa man took over the administration of the site until the sting shut it down.

Three other US participants were sentenced to 12, 14, and 20 years in prison in 2008.

Comments
  • Susannomore - 2011-06-15 00:33

    Sick, sick, sick. Thank God he is locked away. Those poor babies

  • Larro - 2011-06-15 03:35

    Not good enough, pass me the shears....

  • Mikemcc - 2011-06-15 05:35

    Lead poisoning would have been better.

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-06-15 09:15

      @Mikemcc - No, that is too kind a punishment. Public dismemberment with a blunt knife, and them leave them to bleed and die

  • Krolie - 2011-06-15 06:17

    One step taken, and a billion painstaking steps still to follow! There is a worldwide network of these cockroaches out there that need to find their way behind bars. They must ALL be removed from society so that all children can be safe and have a chance to live normal lives. When will the governments of this world jointly get to the point and keep these dregs of our society for the rest of their natural lives behind bars? Releasing them on bail, keeping them under house arrest or just a few years behind bars is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH and will NOT magically CURE them, and will effectively make the justice system just as guilty of the next child being molested! Do something NOW!!!

  • CPChronicle - 2011-06-15 07:37

    Tattoo "Paedo" to his fore head and make his wear a t-shirt saying what he did, then put him in general prison population.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-15 07:47

    This is SICK...Just rip him up while he's alive... I'm sure people worldwide will be prepared to put a price on his head even if he is killed by another prisoner, we'll pay..

  • Adrian - 2011-06-15 08:23

    I, being the father of two yound children (not that it uniquely qualifies me to comment on this), believe that people like this should simply be shot. You get caught, you get shot. Just like that, straight away, no trials, no money or time wasted...just bang. Instant removal or something that should never have existed in the first place. Child molesters, rapists, men who beat their wives straight into hospital beds etc etc. No torture - what for? Just get rid of the problem. "Ma'am, you have been arrested for throwing your new-born baby down a drain. Please stand here. No no, we're not interested in your reasons. Thank you ma'am...yes, a little to the right...perfect..." BANG!

      sniffmyballs - 2011-06-15 08:28

      100% with you!

      Angel~Eyes - 2011-06-15 09:51

      This is the way it should happen.. no questions asked

      USAMAH - 2011-06-15 10:56

      Sadly ,most people would find your solution barbaric.In Islamic Law ( Sharia) these kind of guys get publicly beheaded and the world finds it barbaric.

  • michelle.e.magson - 2011-06-15 08:25

    there needs to be more to his punishment that jail, where he'll be segregated. much much more. this is not a punishment wuited to the crime, it's too easy.

  • Jp - 2011-06-15 08:30

    had this been the old days he would have been taken to the town square and executed, these days the authorities seem more interested in reforming these disgustion human beings. I personally believe that there isnt a place for them in society so .....off with theirs heads i say!

  • Linny - 2011-06-15 09:24

    can someone tell me if internet child porn is illegal in SA. There is a dirty old man that sits out side the internet cafe near me and connects to the internet and watches boys kiddy porn..besides wanting to smash his windows in ,can i call the cops?

      R Daniels - 2011-06-15 09:35

      Yes it is illegal and carries heavy sentences here as well. It is your duty to report this man at the cop shop and do society a favour. This is serious. Do it today!

      liesl - 2011-06-15 09:36

      It is illegal ... if calling the cops will help is another matter. You can phone the Films and Publication Board toll-free on 0800 148 148 (who knew?). There is also an internet tip-off site: http://www.internethotline.org.za/Home.aspx. Also an initiative of the Films and Publication Board.

      liesl - 2011-06-15 09:39

      OK, interesting. South Africa is actually the first African country to join an international umbrella body of internet hotlines, called INHOPE.

      Adrian - 2011-06-15 10:25

      No Linny - smashing his windows in will no solve the problem, and calling the cops will only allow his genepool continued perpetuation. Better to smash his teeth out the back of his neck

  • Knersus - 2011-06-15 09:58

    i hope he gets it in prison...

  • Openeyes - 2011-06-15 18:18

    Why don't they castrate these devils?

  • Taryn - 2011-11-11 10:07

    why do we even spend money housing them in prisons for 40yrs when we could use that money for the therapy of these children and put a 50c bullet in the back of these animals heads and rid the world of them for good

      lawson.lutchman - 2011-11-11 10:48

      Taryn, I could not agree with you more, even when these perverts learn that their abuse goes far beyond their sick desires or a "Who am I hurting by just watching" mentality, we still wage a costly war. Sadly society can be more vigilant more active and profile these potential disasters from an early age. I don't think these monsters roll out bed one day as fully fledged paedophiles.

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