Child pornography ring busted

Posted on: August 4, 2011

This is the most disgusting story of the year. Seventy-two perverts were charged with participating in an international child pornography network. The good news is that these 72 perverts were charged in the United States with 43 arrested in this country, including two in Colorado and nine abroad. Another 20 are known to authorities only by their Internet names and remain at large. Authorities have arrested people in 13 other countries — Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Qatar, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland, but some of those were arrested on local rather than the U.S. charges.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said a 20-month law enforcement effort called Operation Delego targeted more than 600 Dreamboard members around the world for allegedly participating in the private, members-only Internet club created to promote pedophilia. The abused children endured physical as well as sexual abuse, were videoed and uploaded on the web site. The horror of all of this was that infants were also involved.

Fifteen arrested Dreamboard participants personally created child pornography, according to the Justice Department. Participants on this sick web site were required to continually upload images of child sexual abuse to maintain their membership. Participants who molested children and created new images of child pornography were placed in a “Super VIP” category that gave them access to the entire quantity of child porn on the bulletin board, the court papers stated. Then there was a “Super Hardcore” section of the bulletin board that was limited to posts showing adults having violent sexual intercourse with “very young kids” subjected to physical and sexual abuse.

Napolitano said the amount of child porn swapped by participants in the network was massive, the equivalent to 16,000 DVDs.  Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads Justice’s criminal division, called the criminal enterprise “a living horror.”

All 72 U.S. defendants are charged with conspiring to advertise and distribute child pornography, and 50 of them are also charged  with engaging in a child pornography enterprise. Thirteen of the 52 defendants who have been arrested have pleaded guilty in the  conspiracy. Of the four who have been sentenced, the least amount of prison time was 20 years behind bars and the most was 30  years.


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