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March 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Austrian police said they had broken an Internet child pornography ring that stretched across 170 countries, charging nearly 200 men and confiscating 14,000 computers, hard drives and disks. The site was visited 12 million times before it was shut down. Officers said it was the biggest crackdown on child pornography in Austria.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2009 | Corina Knoll
A man who owned an auto component manufacturing firm was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, officials said Wednesday. William Kreag Donahoe, 39, told an undercover detective in an online chat room in early 2007 that he had pictures of himself having sex with one of his daughters, according to the U.S. attorney's office. The owner of Donahoe Enterprises Inc. in Corona then sent pornographic images of a different man and a girl. Donahoe did not have a daughter at the time, officials said.
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December 23, 2008 | Tony Perry
Wade Sanders, a decorated Vietnam veteran and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy in the Clinton administration, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possession of child pornography. Sanders, 67, of San Diego, had more than 600 images of child pornography on his computer, including a 21-minute video showing "pre-pubescent females" having sexual contact with an adult male, the U.S. attorney's office said Sanders, a lawyer, is a retired Navy captain who received the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart for service as a swift-boat captain in the Vietnam War. He faces a possible 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine when sentenced March 30. Under a plea bargain, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a prison sentence of five to six years.
NEWS
December 14, 2008 | Stan Lehman, Lehman writes for the Associated Press.
In late 2007, Carlos Miguel Sobral and 14 other Brazilian police investigators were getting ready for another day of fighting Internet crime when one of them suggested looking into peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. Sobral said the other federal investigators agreed, choosing to focus on eMule, Brazil's most popular file-sharing program. The investigators soon saw that the network was being used to distribute child pornography, not just in Brazil but around the world, Sobral told the Associated Press on Friday.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2008 | Cynthia Dizikes, Dizikes is a Times staff writer.
An aide to California Sen. Barbara Boxer was charged in federal court this week with receiving and distributing child pornography. FBI agents arrested Jeff Rosato, 32, at his Arlington, Va., apartment last Friday. Boxer's office fired him the same day after learning of the charges. Rosato appeared in federal court in northern Virginia on Wednesday and was released to home detention on the condition he not leave the area without permission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2008 | Tony Perry
A former counselor at a summer camp for children was sentenced Friday to 34 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. William Joseph Bean II, 24, of Lakeside had 600 images on his computer of children engaging in sexual conduct, according to court documents. He also admitted to posting pornographic images on the Internet. U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz sentenced Bean to 10 years of supervised probation after his prison sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2008 | Tony Barboza
A substitute teacher and youth soccer coach was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, authorities said. Federal agents and local law enforcement officials arrested George Harcourt Bull, 58, at his Lake Forest condo about 2 p.m. after finding numerous photos of prepubescent boys on his computer, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. An Arizona father in June tipped authorities that his 13-year-old son had been exchanging sexually explicit instant messages and text messages and having Web-cam sessions with someone who used the screen name "joeycal," which was traced to Bull.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2008 | Tony Perry
A 46-year-old Poway man was sentenced Friday in federal court to 41 months in prison for his guilty plea to possession of child pornography. Lawrence Nixon was formerly a San Diego County employee whose job involved preparing photographs for court documents, including child pornography cases. He pleaded guilty to keeping more than 600 images in his personal computer showing children in sexually suggestive poses. -- Tony Perry
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