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Seven Men Sentenced for Their Roles in an International Child Exploitation Crowdsourcing Conspiracy

 

Seven men from around the country were sentenced today and yesterday for participating in an international child pornography production conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon of the District of South Carolina, and Special Agent in Charge Alphonso “Jody” Norris of the FBI Columbia, South Carolina Field Office.

“Today’s sentencings involve another example of a disturbing and reprehensible new trend: the ‘crowdsourcing’ of child exploitation,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “Through malicious trickery and technical sophistication, these men worked together over the course of many months pretending to be minor boys and girls in order to target and entice vulnerable minor girls–some as young as 10 years old–into producing child pornography.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the prosecutors and agents who worked on this case, these defendants will spend many years in prison, and their victims–more than 91 identified to date– have received some measure of justice for the trauma done to them.”

“This case illustrates that even sophisticated technological means will not protect predators online from being brought to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Lydon.  “The arrest and prosecution of perpetrators who commit these heinous acts of violence will continue to be a high priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina, and I commend the investigators who spent endless hours on this important case.”

“These crimes are especially disturbing and it is very satisfying to see the results of the hard work of our special agents,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Norris.  “The FBI in South Carolina will remain vigilant and continue our active role in the national strategy to ensure children are protected.”

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel for the District of South Carolina imposed the following sentences: Read more

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Seven Men Sentenced for Their Roles in an International Child Exploitation Crowdsourcing Conspiracy