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Law Enforcement Closing In On Washington DC Area Child Porn Producers and Abusers (Day 15 of 19 Days of Activism Against Child Abuse)

Washington DC is a cesspool for child porn producers and abusers.   It has much to do with the dysfunctional local government, and the predisposition to cover for those in power who perpetrate these crimes.   They are found not only in positions of power, but also in schools and in the police force.

In the latest take down, a former private school teacher added to the FBI’s list of most wanted fugitives during five years on the run has been charged in Washington’s federal court with producing child pornography.   Prosecutors filed a criminal information charging Eric Justin Toth with child pornography, identity theft and misuse of a Social Security number.   An information is a charging document that typically signifies that a guilty plea is near. Both sides have said that they were negotiating a plea agreement. A U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman declined comment Thursday.   Toth was captured in Nicaragua in April and returned to Washington to face federal charges. He’d been on the run since 2008, when he was fired from his teaching job at the Beauvoir School after being confronted about images of child pornography.

Also, a former D.C. police officer has been convicted of sexually abusing a girl who participated in his church choir. A Superior Court jury convicted 45-year-old Wendel Palmer of numerous offenses.  Prosecutors say that Palmer directed the girl in a choir at a D.C. church that she her and her family attended and which his family ran. Authorities say the abuse began when the victim was 10 or 11 years old, and occurred at the church during breaks in choir rehearsals and other places.  The victim reported the abuse after she turned 18.

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Porn Probe: 341-people Arrested by Police (Day 14 of 19 Days of Activism Against Child Abuse)

Child Pornography

Child Pornography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

341 people, including 108 Canadians and 76 Americans, have been arrested in an international child pornography ring that was largely centred around a Toronto-based film company that distributed images and videos across the globe.  The three-year investigation included Canadian and international law enforcement agencies and rescued. Dubbed Project Spade, police said the effort resulted in 386 children being saved from exploitation.

Police first became aware in 2010 that Toronto-based Azov Films was distributing pornographic images and videos of children as well as streaming them on its website.   In 2011, police carried out a search warrant in Toronto’s west end. Azov was shut down and its owner, 42-year-old Brian Way was arrested. More than 45 terabytes of data were seized.

Way was charged with multiple counts related to child pornography, including selling and distributing child pornography and instructing commission of offence for criminal organization.

The company had been operating since 2005 and had revenues in excess of $4-million.   For approximately $40 customers could buy about an hour of video, and receive photos at a discount, delivered online or by mail, police say.

Some of the children exploited in the films were as young as five.  Azov commissioned videographers around the world to take pictures and images that the company would subsequently distribute through the mail and online. Many of the victims were from Ukraine and Romania.  Many of the pictures and videos were shot in people’s apartments, back yards and “dingy saunas.”

24 Canadian children were rescued as a result of Project Spade.  The children were not necessarily involved in the production of Azov material, and their exploitation was discovered when police were investigating people who bought material from the company.

At the home of a retired teacher, they found 350,000 pictures and more than 9,000 video showing child sexual abuse. They say some of the children were known to the man, who is also accused of abusing a child in his family.  Spinoff investigations led to caches of images and hundreds of children from around the world.  At least two teachers and nine medical professionals were among the Canadians arrested.

Beaven-Desjardins said Toronto police subsequently shared the company’s customer databases with other Canadian as well as international law enforcement agencies.

Information on Azov led to more than 150 law enforcement actions against Americans who were purchasing material from the company, including persons in the District of Columbia.

Project Spade arrests by the numbers

  • Ontario: 50
  • Rest of Canada: 58
  • United States: 76
  • International: 164

In Canada:

  •  40 teachers
  •  9 doctors and nurses
  •  32 volunteers
  •  6 law enforcement personnel
  •  9 faith leaders
  •  3 foster parents

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/child-porn-probe-began-with-toronto-man-ends-with-341-people-arrested-police-1.1542666#ixzz2kfnonISg

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