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Undercover Cop's Online Demo Leads to Arrest

Nova Scotia officer posing as young teen girl is bombarded with graphic images, texts

(Newser) - The arrest of a St. Louis-area man charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct involving a child younger than 15 has its roots in Nova Scotia, where an undercover officer was performing a simple demonstration. The officer, who is a member of the provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, was... More »

Cops: Sex With Teen Was OK, Topless Photos Weren't

Math tutor texted girl: 'I want to poke you with my Robin'

(Newser) - A 51-year-old math tutor in Houston is facing criminal charges stemming from his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old high school student. But it's not the physical contact that has Aldo Leiva looking at up to 20 years in prison. At issue are the topless images that police say... More »

Ex-Cop Held Over Encrypted Computers in Child Porn Raid

Lawyers say he shouldn't have to give up passwords

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia cop has been held in solitary confinement for seven months as part of a child porn investigation, but his case is unusual in that no charges have been filed against him yet. As Gizmodo reports, law enforcement officials raided Francis Rawls' home last year and seized an... More »

Kayaker Goes Missing Off Georgia, Is Found in Okla.

It was all a ruse to evade child porn charges: cops

(Newser) - For two days, authorities conducted a sea and air search for a missing kayaker last spotted in a creek on Georgia's Tybee Island on Sunday night. Then came a bench warrant for his arrest. The 38-year-old kayaker, Cody Magee, happened to be facing charges including attempted child molestation and... More »

Most of Remote Island's Men Guilty of Child Sex Crimes

The latest from Pitcairn Island is a former mayor

(Newser) - Efforts to rehabilitate the image of a tiny British territory in the South Pacific that was rocked by a 2004 sex abuse scandal have hit a roadblock. The former mayor of Pitcairn Island has been convicted of possessing more than 1,000 images and videos showing the sexual abuse of... More »

A New Mission for Wounded Vets: Hunting Child Predators

The HERO Corps gives vets the opportunity to 'go after the bad guys again'

(Newser) - A group of elite warriors pulled off the battlefield by injury or illness has a new mission here in the US: helping law enforcement take down people who possess and produce child pornography. The HERO Corps (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) trains veterans in computer forensics, CNN reports. Participants then work... More »

SCOTUS Upholds Guy's Porn Sentence Based on a Comma

Punctuation is important, people

(Newser) - We already know punctuation saves lives . Now a Supreme Court ruling proves it also makes or breaks legal cases. Per Courthouse News Service , the high court on Monday upheld a prison sentence for Avondale Lockhart, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to child porn charges. He had been facing an eight-year... More »

Jared Fogle Claims He Was Punished for His Thoughts

And he wants his sentence shortened

(Newser) - Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle wants his child pornography sentence reduced, claiming that the judge who sentenced him was, in part, punishing him for his fantasies, TMZ reports. According to the New York Daily News , Fogle's plea deal called for a maximum sentence of 12.5 years; the judge... More »

Judge Sentences Man to 5 Days in Jail for Child Porn

He argues child porn is widely available and punishments are too harsh

(Newser) - NBC News has a shocking story about a federal judge in New York City who gave a man facing up to 10 years in prison for child pornography a sentence of only five days in jail—time he'd already served following his initial arrest in 2013. Investigators found... More »

For 2 Weeks, the FBI Ran a Child Porn Site

137 people face charges, but not everyone is pleased

(Newser) - From Feb. 20 to March 4 of last year, the FBI ran one of the largest child pornography sites on the dark web—a section of the Internet where people usually operate with anonymity—with the goal of using security-cracking software to identify users. Early last year, the site known... More »

Glee Star Busted for Child Porn: LAPD

Mark Salling was arrested Tuesday morning

(Newser) - Mark Salling, who played Puck on Glee from 2009 to 2015, was arrested Tuesday morning for alleged possession of child pornography, an LAPD officer confirms to People . Crime Watch Daily first broke the story. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ authorities found more than a thousand images showing "child sexual... More »

Jared Fogle's Crony Gets 27 Years for Child Porn

Russell Taylor used hidden cameras to film 12 kids, passed images to Subway pitchman

(Newser) - A federal judge has sentenced the former director of a charitable foundation started by ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to 27 years in prison for producing child pornography that played a role in Fogle's criminal case. Russell Taylor was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to child exploitation and child porn... More »

Jared Fogle Accomplice Claims Psychological Abuse

New details emerge on Russell Taylor's relationship with 'Daddy'

(Newser) - Documents filed Friday by the former head of Jared Fogle 's foundation include a whole host of new details about the "psychologically abusive" relationship between the two that ended with Fogle sentenced to 15 years in prison for child pornography and Russell Taylor facing even more time on... More »

Cops: Missouri Man Held Teen Captive for Weeks

He faces rape, child porn charges in Nov. 8 kidnapping

(Newser) - A Missouri man held a 15-year-old captive in his home for weeks, forced her to have sex with him, and filmed at least one encounter, according to police. Authorities say a fake Facebook page led them to a home in Marthasville, 60 miles west of St. Louis, on Tuesday, where... More »

Jared Fogle Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison

His defense team tried to blame the Subway diet for his 'mild pedophilia'

(Newser) - Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 years in prison for child pornography and child prostitution, TMZ reports. In addition, Fogle will pay $100,000 in restitution to each of his 14 victims and have a lifetime of supervision upon his release from prison, according... More »

Prosecutors Want Maximum Jail Time for Jared Fogle

They want to make an example out of him

(Newser) - Jared Fogle is now better known for exploiting children than for eating sandwiches, but he's still a celebrity, and prosecutors want to make an example out of him. In a court filing ahead of his formal sentencing in federal court next Thursday, a prosecutor urges a judge to give... More »

Person of Interest Named in 1989 Child Abduction

He was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges

(Newser) - For the first time since an 11-year-old boy was abducted in Minnesota almost exactly 26 years ago, authorities have identified a person of interest in his disappearance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Jacob Wetterling was riding his bike to rent a video with his brother and a friend on Oct.... More »

Jared Fogle Had 'Amazing' Time With 'Little Boy': Secret Tapes

Shocking recordings document Fogle bragging about child sex

(Newser) - For more than four years, an FBI informant said she listened to and taped former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle as he talked about his desire for children, as well as his sexual exploits with them. Now Rochelle Herman-Walrond's recordings are about to be heard by the world when they... More »

In Unusual Move, Jared Fogle Pays Victims Before Sentencing

Checks for $100K have been delivered

(Newser) - In a move that US Attorney Steven DeBrota says he has only seen once before in his 25 years of dealing with child porn cases, prison-bound former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has paid restitution to most of his victims before sentencing. DeBrota tells the AP that $100,000 checks from... More »

Vatican Envoy Accused of Sex Abuse Is Dead

Jozef Wesolowski was to be first high-ranking official tried for such crimes

(Newser) - Jozef Wesolowski will never see his day in court. The 67-year-old ex-envoy for the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children there, died today of apparent natural causes, the Vatican reports via the AP . His body was found in the room at... More »

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