Over 70 people were arrested in a major child porn operation in New York
this week, including seemingly respectable members of the community. Among
the suspects are a police officer, an architect, a Boy Scout leader, and
a rabbi. The five week investigation was conducted by Homeland Security
Investigations, which is a subsection of U.S. Immigration and Customs
70 men and one woman were arrested in the massive sweep, many of which
being accused of searching for and then downloading images of children
engaged in various sexual positions and sexual acts. Some of the suspects,
however, were charged with producing child pornography. For example, one
suspect is alleged to have secretly filmed his children's friends
using hidden cameras, while the woman suspect was accused of allowing
her son to be videotaped.
Though the operation was meant to send a message to producers and consumers
of child porn, it also sent shock waves through the city of New York as
a result of the relatively high percentage of trusted community leaders
who were rounded up in the operation. For example, the rabbi who was arrested
reportedly home schooled children, while the Boy Scout leader also had
access to kids.
In order to conduct the bust, agents reportedly created a "digital
dragnet" in May, posing as anonymous collectors and traders of child
pornography. Through the network the agents were able to identify suspects'
IP addresses, and track them down.
Possession and distribution of child pornography are crimes that carry
serious consequences. If convicted, even a first time offender could face
a minimum of five years in federal prison. When a person becomes aware
that they are being investigated for child pornography, the y should immediately
exercise their right to remain silent and contact a
criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling child pornography cases.
As criminal defense lawyers we must do everything possible to defend our
clients. In child pornography cases, a major part of that defense is working
diligently to protect the client from the statutory minimum sentences
associated with these types of offenses. This is achieved by having a
full understanding of child pornography laws, and through effective negotiations
If you or someone you know has been charged with child pornography in New
York, contact our premier defense firm without delay. Attorney Benjamin
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