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Global child porn ring bust

2010-12-15 10:15

Los Angeles - US authorities said on Tuesday they had broken up an international online child pornography ring using a bulletin board called "Lost Boy" and charged 20 people in five countries.

The internet forum was used by some three dozen members trading thousands of "images and videos of child pornography depicting young boys in sexually explicit situations", some of which the members made themselves.

Sixteen of the suspects are in the United States, while the others are in France, Germany, Belgium and New Zealand, according to US justice authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Five have already pleaded guilty in the United States to charges including producing child pornography, conspiracy to transport child pornography and participating in a child exploitation enterprise.

"The Lost Boy case represents a global subculture that exists for the purpose of trading of child pornography and other tools used to sexually exploit children," said assistant FBI director Steven Martinez.

The five who have pled guilty in the United States were identified as David Michael Fagerness, aged 44; Andrew Neil Scott, aged 30; Anthony Jasso, aged 46; Justin Lee, aged 33, and 65-year-old Woodrow Tracy.

Unprecedented co-operation

The four named in indictments but still abroad are: Gregoire Byvoet, aged 34, of Belgium; Sven-Gregor Meyer, aged 46, of Germany; Raymond Ruelle, aged 50, of France, and Robin Lopez, aged 29, of New Zealand.

US Attorney for California's central district Andre Birotte Junior said the Lost Boy bulletin board "allowed members to access pornographic images of hundreds of boys who were victimised for sexual purposes".

"As a result of this investigation, authorities also discovered individuals who abused children, made their own child pornography and shared their disturbing product with others on the internet," he added.

US Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said the group was uncovered "through unprecedented co-operation with foreign law enforcement partners".

"We are committed to pursuing these perpetrators wherever they are through international investigations and prosecutions like the one we are highlighting today," he added.

Comments
  • Mango - 2010-12-15 10:39

    Death penalty for these perverts!!! Hang them in public for all to see.

      Baboon sheperd - 2010-12-15 10:54

      Will watching them hang give you a better erection? What would be the excitement?

      Judge DREAD - 2010-12-15 11:14

      Your username suits you perfectly BABOON. DEATH to child abusers !

      Mango - 2010-12-15 11:15

      It's all about humiliation Mr Baboon, and the world needs to see that this is not allowed in society.

      Dog Poo - 2010-12-15 11:54

      Maybe stoning would not be a bad idea, send them to Iran.

  • maureen.farndell - 2010-12-15 11:22

    It's wonderful that these people have been publicly named and shamed. Where is the "transparency" in this country??????? All people participating in these crimes and many others should be stripped of the privilege of personal privacy.

  • Dog Poo - 2010-12-15 11:52

    No surprise there, to get rid of these scums and filthy bastards from Poland, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium and New Zealand they must be given a death penalty. A child molester profile is a middle class white male between the ages of 25-50, be careful out there with your children.

  • W0LF - 2010-12-17 10:38

    Nah death is too easy for them. Let them get to their cells and they will see what happens to child rapists in prison. (evil grin) let them sit and think about that one for a while….

  • Jakkals911 - 2011-01-07 21:12

    The death penalty is too good for filth like these. Castrate them in public without the aid of anaesthetics, then brand them with a hot iron on their foreheads with the words "CHILD RAPIST" and let them loose among the public...

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