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Why ISP’s Is Actually Not A Stand Against CP

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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.

Source: http://techdirt.com/articles/20080717/1918171715.shtml

Dallas-area man sentenced to 11 years

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Dallas-area man sentenced to 11 yearsDALLAS – 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

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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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ICE nabs Puerto Rican for sexually enticing a minor

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

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USVI man pleads guilty to possession of CPST. 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

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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.Arrest of Internet predator in Washington County

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

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Cuba deports U.S. fugitive charged with sex crimesHAVANA, 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

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Teachers held in Australian child porn stingSYDNEY, 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.

Child abuse suspect on run in Brazil

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Child abuse suspect on run in BrazilA fugitive Israeli who is considered to be the ringleader of, and “spiritual mentor” responsible for, one of the worst child abuse cases in Israeli history has fled to Brazil, police said Thursday, after the lifting of a court-imposed gag order.

The mother of eight indicted for child abuse, left, and “rabbi” Elior Chen, suspected of being her mentor.

Rabbi Elior Chen, 29, and his followers are suspected of severely abusing two children, ages three and four, who were beaten with hammers, knives and other implements for months, until the younger child lost consciousness in March.

They are also suspected of the severely abusing other children in the family.

The three-year-old suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother and her companions, according to an indictment filed in a Jerusalem court.

He is expected to remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.

Chen originally flew from Israel to Canada to avoid arrest after police uncovered the abuse, then immediately continued to Brazil.

Brazilian police are still searching for Chen, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

Internet porn network uncovered in Spain

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Internet porn network uncovered in SpainMADRID, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have detained 55 people suspected of running an Internet child pornography racket.

A National Police statement Tuesday says those arrested include university students, high school teachers, architects and civil servants.

Police say they have confiscated some 180 hard disks in the raids carried out over the past month across Spain.

The detained are suspected of creating, buying and swopping child pornography videos via the Internet.