Reporting Child Pornography Saves American Kids

If you find child pornography, please report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Cybertipline at www.cybertipline.com.  Here is just one of their recent successes:

Children Rescued from Ongoing Sexual Abuse at Hands of Trusted Family Member
On September 23, 2009, the CyberTipline received a report, a registered Electronic Service Provider (ESP), regarding a user who had reportedly uploaded graphic sexual images of children to their service. In compliance with federal law, the ESP provided incident information, including an e-mail address, screen name, and Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the suspect.

An Exploited Children Division (ECD) analyst conducted a series of Internet searches in the hopes of determining a possible location for the reported suspect. She was able to locate an online profile that listed a location of Maryland. Based on this information, she forwarded the report to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, an OJJDP- funded program, out of the Maryland State Police, for investigation.

An investigation by the Maryland ICAC revealed that the reported email account belonged to an adult male from Hampstead, Maryland. On March 10, 2010, Maryland State Troopers conducted a knock-and-talk at the suspect’s home. Not only did the suspect admit to downloading the images found in the CyberTipline report, but he also handed investigators printed photos of prepubescent males engaged in sexual activity that he had collected. He further turned over two CDs, which, when previewed by investigators, contained additional images of child pornography. When investigators advised the suspect that the residence was seized pending the issuance of a Search and Seizure Warrant, the suspect told them that he had attempted suicide in the past and believed he should do it now. He was immediately placed into protective custody and transported to the local hospital.

During their search of the suspect’s bedroom, Maryland ICAC personnel located a metal box found to contain five pairs of boys underwear. Investigators were alarmed, as they were aware that the suspect has access to several minor nieces and nephews. At this point, Carroll County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) investigators were called to the scene to interview the children’s mother. The next day, the ICAC learned that three of the suspect’s nephews had disclosed long-term sexual abuse by the suspect, dating back four to six years and continuing up to the time the suspect was apprehended. During a subsequent interview with Computer Crimes investigators, the suspect confessed to the sexual molestation of his nephews, along with at least four other boys. He also informed investigators that he had abused other children while on vacation camping and that during these trips, he would convince the children to perform sexual acts and take photographs of the abuse.

After the interview, the suspect was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and 10 counts of distribution of child pornography. These charges will be amended as further evidence is gathered by forensic examiners. In addition, the CAC will be pursuing sexual abuse charges in the near future. In the meantime, the suspect is being held without bond.

Jul, 07, 2010

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