John C. Foster, 44, of Tipp City, Ohio has been charged with receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors, conspiracy to produce child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
He is one of the 14 involved, from around the United States and overseas, that Homeland Security and I.C.E. had announced Tuesday they had arrested in an international child porn bust.
The investigation, ‘Operation Round Table’, had begun with an arrest of Louisiana’s Jonathon Johnson as he was found to be the creator and administrator of the website that included 27,000 members.
Officials announced the network “involved roughly 250 child victims who were mostly boys between the ages of 13 and 15” and were from 39 states and five countries including Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Australia.
The two youngest are three years old or younger with eight of the 251 victims being females and the rest, 243, being male.
I.C.E. Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale stated, “Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation. Our agency is seeing a growing trend where children are being enticed, tricked and coerced online by adults to produce sexually explicit material of themselves. While we will continue to prioritize the arrest of child predators, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem: education is the key to prevention.”
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The undisclosed website was said to be a hidden service board on the Tor anonymizing browser that is mostly used by journalists who “handle sensitive information” but has become favored by those who chose to handle illegal activity.
Jonathon Johnson admitted he had created many fake female online personas so he could get boys to share sexually explicit pictures of themselves but, thankfully, there have been incredible efforts in not only identifying the victims but in making sure there is support given to the victims and their families.
It was just earlier this month Kevin Johnson had written an article in the USA Today discussing the very real and very disturbing images law enforcement have to deal with on a day to day basis but thankfully there is technology that authorities are able to use to “zero in on suspects who are actively downloading material in the local jurisdictions at any time of day or night.”
And it is this amazing technology that is being used to track down those 27,000 members who will find police at their doors very soon.
The list of those involved in the website:
- Daniel Nolan Devor, 39, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
- John C. Foster, 44 of Tipp City, Ohio, charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
- Aung Gaw aka Michael Gaw, 25, of Fremont, Calif., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography
- Sean Jabbar, 32, of Minneapolis, Minn., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Christopher Jamieson, 30, of Douglassville, Ga., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Andrew Korpal, 29, of Granger, Ind., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Wash., charged with receipt of child pornography
- Christopher Schwab, 25 of New Orleans, charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography
- Stanley Zdon, III, 27, of Tuckerton, N.J., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography
- Roy Naim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged in the Eastern District of New York with conspiracy to produce child pornography, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography
- Minh Vi Thong, 30, of Denver, Colo., was charged in the District of Colorado with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography
- Michael Eales, 24, of Westby, Wis., was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with production of child pornography. He was sentenced Oct. 29, 2013, to serve two concurrent 30-year terms in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for manufacturing child pornography.
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Sources: http://www.wlwt.com/news/ohio-man-accused-of-helping-run-illegal-international-child-porn-site/25044820, Adrianne Kelly; http://rt.com/usa/child-porn-operation-round-table-654/; http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1403/140318washingtondc.htm: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/19/child-pornography-dark-web/5184485/, Kevin Johnson