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400-Pound Cop Stalked Boys as Teen Girl Online

He persuaded boys to send him sexual images

(Newser) - Teenage boys beware: That girl you're chatting to on Facebook could be a man—it could even be a 400-pound, 6-foot-3 police Florida officer like Sgt. Michael Stavris. Authorities say the officer posed as a teenage girl online, promising teen boys oral sex in return for pictures of their... More »

US Makes Significant Child Porn Bust

'Never before ... have we identified and located this many minor victims'

(Newser) - US police have taken down a secret, members-only child porn ring, and with it achieved quite the feat: "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," one official told Reuters . The... More »

Guy Behind UK's Porn Rules Busted—Over Child Porn

Cameron aide Patrick Rock resigns after arrest

(Newser) - A top aide to David Cameron who helped craft new online pornography rules has been arrested in a child pornography case. Patrick Rock resigned from his post following his arrest last month, the Telegraph reports. Ten Downing Street says it contacted police, who investigated computers there before arresting the aide.... More »

Ohio Man Accused of Trying to Buy 10-Year-Old 'Wife'

Robert W. Thomas Jr. is indicted after placing ad

(Newser) - A federal grand jury today indicted a 37-year-old Ohio man who police say tried to buy a 10-year-old "wife" for $400, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Robert W. Thomas Jr. allegedly posted an ad seeking a young bride/sex slave online last month. "The younger the better, something in... More »

Ariel Castro's Nephew Charged With Child Porn

Case of Jeremi Alicea isn't related to Cleveland kidnapper's

(Newser) - The nephew of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been arrested and charged with 22 counts related to child pornography. Jeremi Alicea, 27, is accused of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. NBC reports the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case, and court records show that Alicea'... More »

Ex-Star on Capitol Hill Kills Self Amid Child Porn Case

Ryan Loskarn, former chief of staff for Lamar Alexander, is found dead

(Newser) - Hard to argue with Sen. Lamar Alexander's statement today: “For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end.” He was referring to the suicide of 35-year-old Ryan Loskarn, who had worked as the Tennessee senator's chief of staff until being charged... More »

Wounded Vets Get a New Gig: Hunting Child Pornography

Internships give them valuable computer-forensics skills

(Newser) - US veterans are joining a new mission back home: sifting through confiscated computers and hard drives for child pornography, the AP reports. "I love challenges. And I have a family of my own," said Oskar Zepeda, a 29-year-old veteran who jumped at the one-year, unpaid internship. "I... More »

R. Kelly 'Was a Monster:' Reporter

Village Voice offers 'stomach-churning' look at allegations against R&B star

(Newser) - R. Kelly was acquitted over a sex tape that allegedly involved an underage girl—but he was never actually tried for rape, a crime he committed "in the dozen," says reporter Jim DeRogatis, who has been at the forefront of the story since it emerged. In the Village ... More »

GOP Senator's Top Staffer Hit in Child Porn Inquiry

Lamar Alexander puts Ryan Loskarn on administrative leave

(Newser) - Lamar Alexander put his chief of staff on leave today, after police raided his Washington, DC, home in search of child porn. The GOP senator from Tennessee issued a brief statement saying he was "just informed" that police were searching Ryan Loskarn's residence. "I am stunned, surprised,... More »

DC Cop Accused of Child Porn Found Dead

Marc Washington's body pulled from the water

(Newser) - A Washington, DC, police officer who was arrested last week on child porn charges was found dead last night. The body of Marc Washington was pulled from the water at Hains Point, NBC Washington reports. The 32-year-old is accused of visiting a teen girl—while on duty—ordering her to... More »

Pedos Who Google Kid Porn Now Get Warnings, Not Pics

Google, Microsoft partner to target 100K search terms

(Newser) - Google and Microsoft are working closely together to make it harder for pedophiles to find images of child abuse online. Google says it has targeted 100,000 search terms associated with child sexual abuse and the terms will now deliver warnings instead of illegal results, the BBC reports. Over the... More »

348 Arrested, 386 Kids Saved in Huge Child Porn Bust

Investigation spread from Canada to 50 countries

(Newser) - Nearly 350 people, including schoolteachers, doctors, and actors, have been arrested around the world in what Toronto police called one of the largest child porn busts they have ever seen. Police say 386 children were rescued as a result of the sweeping investigation. More than 100 people were arrested in... More »

Ex-FBI Agent Will Plead Guilty to AP Leak

Donald Sachtleben says he leaked intel that resulted in AP phone records seizure

(Newser) - A former FBI explosives expert will plead guilty to revealing secret information for an Associated Press story about a US intelligence operation in Yemen in 2012. Donald Sachtleben said in court papers today that he provided details of the operation to a reporter. Four months ago, Sachtleben also acknowledged he... More »

Man Who Plotted to Imprison Child Gets 27 Years

Cops found dungeon in his Mass. home

(Newser) - A sentencing today in Worcester, Mass., makes for rough reading: Prosecutors say 40-year-old Geoffrey Portway plotted to kidnap a child and then imprison, torture, kill, and cannibalize him in his homemade dungeon, reports the Boston Globe . The feds arrested Portway and a co-conspirator before anyone was abducted and seized a... More »

FBI: PTA President Made Kiddie Porn at School

David Navarro faces multiple charges, including producing child pornography

(Newser) - A twisted tale out of Washington state: Prosecutors allege a man shot an iPhone video of a girl, 8, performing oral sex at Belfair Elementary School, where he served as PTA president. The video was then shared online, CNN reports. The trail began with investigators in Denmark and Australia, who... More »

2 Teens Charged in Case of Girl Who Hanged Herself

Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide after photo of alleged assault was circulated

(Newser) - It took nearly two years, but charges have been filed in Canada in the high-profile case of a teenage girl who hanged herself after an alleged sexual assault and subsequent cyberbullying. Police in Nova Scotia arrested two 18-year-old males on child pornography charges, reports CNN . The family of Rehtaeh Parsons... More »

UK to Outlaw 'Extreme' Porn

And Internet porn will be blocked unless households specifically request it

(Newser) - It's about to be a crime to possess violent porn in the UK, David Cameron declared today, as he announced a sweeping crackdown on Internet porn. As has long been rumored , Cameron said that all online porn would be blocked unless a household specifically requests it. By the end... More »

Nicaragua Nabs FBI Most-Wanted Fugitive

Child porn suspect Eric Toth detained by police

(Newser) - Police in Nicaragua have detained a US man who was on the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation, authorities confirmed today. Former school teacher Eric Justin Toth was detained Saturday in Esteli, a city near Nicaragua's border with Honduras, said Nicaragua's... More »

FBI's New Crisis: Too Much Sexting

Records reveal range of disciplinary issues

(Newser) - FBI agents have received a stern rebuke in internal reports: Time to stop the sexting. An assistant director says the agency has been dealing with a "rash" of dirty texts and naked photos, some sent on government-furnished devices, CNN reports. "When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it'... More »

US Locks Up Perverts for Crimes They Might Commit

The 'New Yorker' looks into America's sex-crime laws

(Newser) - The US justice system is punishing child-porn consumers in an unusual way—for crimes they may one day commit, writes Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker . Using sex crime laws that first arose in the 1980s, officials have discarded First Amendment protections for child porn users, and now keep prisoners... More »

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