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.

- SAPA
Read more on:    germany  |  belgium  |  us  |  new zealand  |  france  |  child abuse
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

LOL! Best outdoor girl fails

It’s not only guys who have FAIL moments! Here are some of the funniest outdoor fails where girls are the victims!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

90-year-old's incredible travels
10 facts about swimming you didn't know
Snors with a cause - creating awareness of male health
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

It's Flash Sale Friday – one day only!

Buy 3 & get the cheapest 1 FREE: On selected DVDs, Blu-rays, series and music. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

TV Series – 2 for R299

Loads of hot titles to choose from. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be doing the work and playing the game, but your innovative mind is on a far away planet planning the next big thing....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.