According to authorities, during the search of the home a 7-year old boy told investigators of his sexual abuse. The investigation uncovered a total of 4 boys between the ages of 7 to 14 that have been abused by Matthews over the past two years.
Todd Hoffner, 46, head football coach of Minnesota State University at Mankato, was arrested at his home for possessing and producing child pornography, according to authorities. Hoffner has been with the MSU Mavericks for five years. He is married with three children.
Roberto Encarnacion Ruiz, 33, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for creating child pornography. He and four other men were charged with persuading a female minor to perform lewd acts on them and recording the sexual abuse with digital still and video cameras, according to authorities.
Edward Oedewaldt, 49, of Arcadia, Louisiana, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for his role in moderating Dreamboard, a child pornography website, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley. Oedewaldt encrypted posts by members in an attempt to evade law enforcement.
Rev. Shawn Ratigan, 46, pleaded guilty to five counts of child pornography for taking pictures of young girls with their genitals exposed in and around churches. The girls ranged in ages from 2 years old to 9 years old.
Robert Diduca, 48, of Milford, MA, believed he was sharing a child sexual abuse image of a distraught 18-month old boy clutching a stuffed bunny to fellow child pornographers, when actually he sent the image two Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Finally, today, a major national news outlet covered the topic of child sexual abuse and torture images (what others call child pornography). After seven years of working in this field, and trying to get someone, anyone, at the national level to cover this life-saving topic, finally someone did.
Largo, Florida puppeteer Ronald Brown, 57, has been arrested by federal agents on charges of conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography after he was discovered discussing in graphic detail his desires to kidnap children, rape them, murder them and then eat them.
The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce executed approximately 20 search warrants in “Operation Chickenhawk” – one of the largest child pornorgraphy sweeps ever in Northern California, according to the San Jose police.