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Known pedophile charged with luring boy


organizedcrimMONTREAL – Sûreté du Québec investigators are searching the computer of a repeat sex offender after the Longueuil resident was arrested and charged with luring a 12-year-old boy over the Internet and sexually assaulting the victim in his own home.

Sylvain Dufresne, 34, is in custody while police examine evidence seized from his home on St. Alexandre St. He is charged with sexually assaulting the boy and producing child pornography by allegedly taking pictures of the assault.

He is also charged with sexual touching, invitation to sexual touching and using a computer to lure a minor for sex, an offence that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

“There is the possibility of other charges, because his computer is still being analyzed,” said Roussillon regional police Constable Jean-Luc Robert.

Dufresne, a former Montrealer, has a criminal record that includes previous convictions for sex-related offences.

In 1998, he was investigated by a special division of the Montreal police for using newsgroups and chat rooms to lure teenage boys to his home in east-end Montreal. He had consensual sex with the boys, filmed it using a hidden camera and posted the videos on the Internet.

In that case, he pleaded guilty to extortion and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Pope meets abuse victims in Australia


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI met privately on Monday with Australians who were sexually abused as children by priests, in a gesture of contrition and concern over a scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church.

Pope Benedict XVI concludes his World Youth Day activities Monday by thanking volunteers in Sydney.


The pontiff held prayers and spoke with four representatives of abuse victims — two men and two women — in the last hours of a nine-day visit to Australia for the church’s global youth festival.

The abuse scandal was a sour undertone to the trip. On Saturday, Benedict delivered a forthright apology for the scandal, saying he was “deeply sorry” for the victims’ suffering.

But victims’ supporters said this was not enough and have demanded that Benedict do more to provide financial compensation and psychological help for them.

Why ISP’s Is Actually Not A Stand Against CP


Following NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s success in getting ISPs to turn off Usenet access and pretend it was a victory against child porn, a bunch of cable providers under the umbrella of the NCTA have announced an agreement with 45 attorneys general, claiming that they, too, are taking a “stand against child porn.” This “stand” is the same as what Cuomo pressured ISPs to do: officially it’s to block any newsgroup or website that is “known to host child pornography.” Taking a stand against child pornography would be a good thing — but this is not actually a stand against child pornography. This is trying to sweep a problem under the rug so that some politicians and some companies can get some good headlines.

Taking a stand against child porn wouldn’t be overly aggressively blocking access to internet destinations that may or may not have porn (and there’s no review over the list to make sure that they’re actually objectionable). Taking a stand against child porn would be hunting down those responsible for the child porn and making sure that they’re dealt with appropriately. Blocking access to some websites doesn’t solve the problem. Those who still produce and make use of child porn will still get it from other sources — but it will be more underground, making it more difficult for authorities to track down. Also, this sets an awful precedent in that the ISPs can point out that it’s ok for them to block “objectionable” content where they get to define what’s objectionable without any review. For those folks who support network neutrality, this is highly questionable, because it’s clearly going against the basic principles of network neutrality — but in a way no one will protest because they don’t want to be seen as siding with child pornographers. But the truth is this “stand” against child pornography won’t do anything to stop child pornographers other than making them harder to track down — and it sends these ISPs down the slippery slope of getting to decide what they think is objectionable content that should be blocked.

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Dallas-area man sentenced to 11 years


cv arrest 1006DALLAS – An Addison, Texas, resident was sentenced here Monday to 11 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper, Northern District of Texas; the case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Melvin Wiand, 56, was sentenced July 14 by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to132 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in April to one count of receiving child pornography. In November 2007, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Wiand with one count of receiving child pornography, two counts of possessing child pornography, and a forfeiture allegation. He was arrested shortly afterwards on those charges, and has been in custody since that time.

In documents filed in court, Wiand admitted that from Nov. 9 through Nov. 17, 2005, he knowingly received child pornography by downloading it from the Internet to his home computer. He admitted that he paid for subscriptions to child pornography websites, and saved images from those websites to his computer hard drive, CDs and other storage media. He also admitted that in November 2005, he subscribed to a website called “Illegal CP” and received numerous images of child pornography from that website.

Seminole County Man Arrested for Possession of CP


TALLAHASSEE, FL — Attorney General Bill McCollum announced that Seminole County man has been taken into custody on charges of child pornography possession. Timothy Howell was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the CyberCrime Unit, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Altamonte Springs Police Department, and the Innocent Images Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Investigators with the CyberCrime Unit determined Howell, 63, possessed images of child pornography while executing a search warrant of his home in Altamonte Springs. The equipment removed from Howell’s house will undergo additional forensic analysis to locate any possible additional images.

Howell will be charged with one count of possession of child pornography and under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007. If convicted, Howell faces up to five years in prison. He will be booked into the Seminole County Jail and will be prosecuted by attorneys with the CyberCrime Unit. The unit is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) of Central Florida, as is the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

ICE nabs Puerto Rican for sexually enticing a minor


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BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – A 43-year-old man from Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, was arrested here today after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation revealed that he was sexually enticing a girl who he thought was 13-years-old.

Angel Cosme-Martinez was arrested by ICE agents in the parking lot of Plaza Rio Hondo after he arranged the meeting during the sexually explicit conversations. .
Cosme-Martinez is being charged with Title 18 United States Code (USC), Section 2422(b).

“This arrest is a stern reminder of the consequences awaiting those who use the Internet to sexually exploit innocent children,” said Manuel Oyola Torres, special agent in charge of ICE’s office of investigations in Puerto Rico. “Some predators mistakenly believe the anonymity of cyberspace shields them from scrutiny, when in fact, their use of computers and the Internet have given us new tools in our enforcement efforts to protect children from online predators.”

USVI man pleads guilty to possession of CP


hd sealST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – A 35-year-old predator pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography charges here today after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.

ICE special agents took Bradley Douglas Highbarger, of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) in custody in July 2006 after a search warrant of his residence led to the seizure of his computer. A subsequent forensic analysis of the seized material revealed approximately 78 video clips and more than 30 images containing explicit images of child pornography.

In his guilty plea, Highbarger admitted to using a peer-to-peer software program to receive an illegal video and a separate illegal image in July 2006. Peer-to-peer networks allow users connected to the Internet to link their computers with other computers around the world and share information and files.

Arrest of Internet predator in Washington County


CANONSBURG – Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit have arrested a Lawrence County man accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what he believed was a 13-year-old girl. The “girl” was actually an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a child.maloni%20250x275%20copy

Corbett identified the defendant as Leroy Maloni, 69, 3511 State Route 208, Apt. 4, New Wilmington.

Corbett said that Maloni allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent on May 14, 2008, asking her detailed questions about her physical appearance, her manner of schooling and what she liked to do for “fun.”

Corbett said that Maloni allegedly continued to contact the girl online, eventually escalating the tone of the conversations and repeatedly expressing his desire to meet her for sex.

According to the criminal complaint, Maloni made arrangements to meet with the child at a place to be determined in Canonsburg on June 17, 2008 at around 10:00 am.

Cuba deports U.S. fugitive charged with sex crimes


mapa de cubaHAVANA, Cuba (CNN) — The Cuban government has handed over to U.S. authorities a California man facing federal child sex crime charges, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Leonard B. Auerbach, 61, an Orinda, California, mortgage broker, was deported Friday to the United States, the ministry said in a statement.

Auerbach was believed to have entered Cuba on April 8. He was detained May 7 at the request of American officials.

Auerbach faces charges of child sex tourism and possession of child pornography and was named to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s list of most wanted fugitives in April. Authorities said he traveled to Costa Rica about 40 times between 2003 and 2007, where he allegedly engaged in sex with a preteen girl.

Police executing search warrants found computers and thumb drives featuring pictures of Auerbach “with a minor female in various stages of undress” as well as sexually explicit photos of the girl, an ICE statement said, citing court documents.

Such cooperation is unusual — but not unheard of — between Cuba and the United States. No extradition treaty exists between the two nations.

The government of Cuba said it deported Auerbach because of its commitment to combating sex crimes.

Teachers held in Australian child porn sting


map.australiaSYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Australian police have arrested 70 people and removed four children from their homes as part of a six-month nationwide investigation of a global child pornography network, police said Thursday.

Twenty other people have been summoned to appear in court. All 90 — including a police officer and several teachers — face charges of accessing images of children being abused on the Internet, police said.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said the Interpol-led investigation was conducted simultaneously by law enforcement authorities in 170 countries. Further arrests are expected, he said.

It was one of the largest child pornography investigations in Australian history, police said.