Long prison sentences REQUIRED

Americans found guilty of possessing child pornography on their computers deserve to go to prison and stay there for years. Those actually found guilty of physically forcing children to engage in sexual acts, recording it and putting it online should go to prison for life.

Those found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography deserve long prison sentences.

Stopping the production, distribution and possession of child pornography is one of the most important functions police and prosecutors have in this Internet age.

So we applaud the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monroe police department and the other agencies that worked with them, including a high-tech State Police unit, for arresting 13 local suspects on child pornography charges. The prosecutor’s office and police announced the charges Thursday.

While the Internet has become one of the most important communication tools and information repositories ever created, it has also made it easier for people to commit certain crimes — the distribution of child pornography being one of them.

Sick people can abuse a child in front of camera in Bangladesh, Thailand or somewhere else on the other side of the planet, and that video or picture can be seen by pedophiles here while it’s happening.

In 2004, there were 3,433 child abuse domains where pedophiles could go to see children being sexually exploited. Two years later, the number of such Web sites had jumped to 10,656 according to the Internet Watch Foundation, a British nonprofit group that monitors child pornography online.

Federal, state and local prosecutors and police have had to shift their priorities to keep up.

In 1994, the crime involving children and sex most referred to federal prosecutors was direct sexual abuse — 73 percent of all referrals, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

By 2006, child pornography topped that list at 69 percent of all referrals to U.S. attorneys regarding children and sexual exploitation.

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said that over the past two years, more than 100 child porn arrests have been made in New Jersey.

This latest investigation netted seven adults — all from Gloucester County — and six juveniles. Four of the adults are charged with second-degree felonies which could, if they are convicted, bring prison sentences of up to 10 years in prison. The other adults, including West Deptford High School teacher James J. Atkinson III, who has been suspended from his job, face fourth-degree felony charges which could bring up to 18 months in prison.

It is important for police and prosecutors to make these cases public and bring charges that come with the potential for long prison sentences.

Unfortunately, the Internet is a largely unregulated superhighway, and there’s no way to ever completely shut down the flow of illegal material such as child pornography.

However, we can protect children both in the United States and around the world from being forced to perform horrible, unnatural acts by hitting the demand-side of the business here. Because this is a crime that has the most innocent and vulnerable of victims, the punishment for possessing and distributing child pornography must be harsh.

Americans found guilty of possessing child pornography on their computers deserve to go to prison and stay there for years. Those actually found guilty of physically forcing children to engage in sexual acts, recording it and putting it online should go to prison for life.

And police and prosecutors need to keep up their investigations and keep making arrests. The continued threat of prison is the best weapon we have to protect children around the world from this evil.

James Atkinson III – Band Director busted for Child porn

Child pornography is not a victimless crime


A man trusted to shape the minds of New Jersey children is facing a child pornography charge.

49-year-old James Atkinson III is one of seven adults and six juveniles who were brought in on child pornography charges.

The investigation began in late September.

The prosecutor says what cyber crimes investigators found on the mens’ computers was graphic and chilling pornography, involving children between the ages of 4 and 14.

“The images depicted as part of this investigation can only be described as disturbing,” said Gloucester Co. Prosecutor Sean Dalton.

The three-month-investigation led police to seven men in Gloucester County, who were arrested for possession or distribution of child porn. One of them is a music teacher at West Deptford High School.

“It just goes to indicate that we have individuals from all walks of life involved in this activity,” said Dalton.

Investigators say James Atkinson III possessed child pornography. He was charged with fourth-degree endangering. The Band leader was arrested and released from jail.

The school district said Atkinson has been suspended and is forbidden on school grounds until the case is resolved.

PDF: West Deptford School Board Statement

“If you believe you can engage and remain anonymous, you’re sadly mistaken,” said Dalton.

New Jersey’s Attorney General warns parents that most of the men, who she considers predators, were using social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

“Child pornography is not a victimless crime. Child pornography ends up on the internet, because there are individuals who are molesting and exploiting children,” said New Jersey Attorney General Ann Milgram.

Investigators are working with the National Center for Missing Children to see if they can identify any of the children in the videos.

They say more arrests are likely.

Barry Lee Snyder AKA "kittens_father_2008" traded child porn


A 55-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he e-mailed child pornography to an undercover detective, Boynton Beach police said.

Barry Lee Snyder is charged with possession and transmission of child pornography.

According to police, Snyder began chatting with an undercover Boynton Beach police detective in a Yahoo chat room in August.

Police said Snyder, who used the screen name kittens_father_2008, believed he was chatting with the father of a young child.

A search of Snyder’s laptop computer uncovered more than 500 images of child porn and numerous pornographic videos of children between the ages of 3 and 16, according to police.

Snyder, who is self-employed, is being held at the Polk County Jail.

He faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography, including an enhancement under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007 that, if convicted, could increase his total sentence to a maximum of 60 years in prison, the news release stated.

The CyberCrime Unit is a member of the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office.

Richard Bailey – Repeat Sex Offender – BUSTED

A Juneau man was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison.

Bailey’s criminal record also includes two charges of indecent exposure in the mid-1970s in California.

Court records indicate that Bailey may have victimized more than 75 people.

Sixty-year-old Richard Bailey was sentenced for having cybersex with an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl.

Bailey pleaded guilty to two charges of online enticement of a minor in January.

Police say Bailey exposed himself to the undercover police officer via a webcam.

In 1981, Bailey admitted to engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl in Ketchikan when he flashed her while she was at a skating rink.

Bailey’s criminal record also includes two charges of indecent exposure in the mid-1970s in California.

Court records indicate that Bailey may have victimized more than 75 people.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Richard Hannon – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator


Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that a registered sex offender is back in custody after the man solicited an undercover investigator with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit, believing he was soliciting a mother for sex with her young children.
Richard Hannon will be charged with soliciting a parent for unlawful sex acts with a child after engaging in a series of sexually explicit internet conversations with the investigator. He was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the CyberCrime Unit and the New Port Richey Police Department, the second arrest made this week by the Attorney General’s new Tampa Region CyberCrime Task Force.

Hannon, 66, first approached the CyberCrime investigator in an internet chatroom, believing he was communicating with the mother of a 12-year old boy and a 10-year old girl. Over the course of two months, Hannon solicited the “mother” for sex with her children, describing in graphic detail what he intended to do to the children. He was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his New Port Richey home. At the time of his arrest, Hannon admitted he was the individual carrying on the conversations with the investigator.

Prior to today’s arrest, Hannon was arrested in 1999 by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for using a computer to solicit someone he thought was a young boy for sex, again not realizing he was communicating with a law enforcement officer. In that case, adjudication was withheld and Hannon served six months of community control which was followed by 2.5 years of probation with no internet access. He is a registered sex offender with the State of Florida and can be located on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender registry.

Hannon will be booked into the Pasco County Jail and a booking photograph will be available from the jail later today. He will be charged with solicitation of a parent for unlawful sex acts with a child, a third-degree felony, under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007.
He will be prosecuted by attorneys with the CyberCrime Unit and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. The New Port Richey Police Department is a member of the CyberCrime Unit’s Tampa Region Task Force, launched in early July.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte