James Huskey – "the world’s worst child pornographer" – Sentenced to 70 years


A former tennis coach from North Georgia, charged with creating and distributing a long-running online child pornography series, was sentenced today to serve 70 years in a federal prison.

Jams ”Bart” Huskey from LaFayette, Ga. entered a guilty plea in November. Huskey admitted raping a young girl over many years, videotaping the rapes and distributing the videos world wide on the Internet.

On the web posting the girl was given the pseudonym “Tara.” Prosecutors said the investigation began when the girl was five years old . She is now nine.

Huskey was called by some investigators “the world’s worst child pornographer.” The hunt for Huskey actually started in Brisbane, Australia made it’s way all the way to the Northeast United States to Maine, and then ended last summer Huskey’s home town of Lafayette, Georgia.

At the time we were told that without the investigators in Maine this case would have never been cracked.

The Maine Computer Crimes Unit’s website says they assist law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Maine with the prosecution of computer crimes. But this week the Crimes Unit helped crack a worldwide search for James Bart Huskey – allegedly one of the top 50 child pornographers in the world.

The Maine Team started analyzing 1,800 pictures and videos for clues.

Maine Forensic Examiner Dawn Ego eventually honed in the evidence in pictures and videos like ‘bed linens, a bow made from ribbon seen hanging on a wall, and the interior of a vehicle that turned out to be a Pontiac Aztek.

“The clues led to the Jameson Inn in Carrollton, Ga, where a hotel employee recalled a man who paid cash for a room on the date the video was take, July 21, 2007.”

Maine State Police Sgt. Glenn Lang described ‘a sense of euphoria when Ego cracked the case by tracking down a motel where some of the abuse took place.’

When he was arrested Lang said, “It’s probably the best feeling in the world.”

The Maine State Computer Crimes Unit started in 1999 and since has worked on more than 600 forensic computer investigations, including Huskey’s.

James Huskey was involved in Jim Freeman’s pedophile ring.

“My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” Freeman wrote in response to one posting

Jim Freeman – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty


A federal court jury in Florida convicted seven people of participating in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, according to the Department of Justice.

Jurors convicted the seven Wednesday of multiple counts of child exploitation, pornography and obstruction of justice.

Members of the organization used Internet news groups to swap and share “illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts,” prosecutors said.

An indictment filed in the case detailed interactions between group members as they swapped and commented on images.

“My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” Freeman wrote in response to one posting, according to the indictment. And a posting from Castleman, cited in the indictment, read, “Thanks to all for the wonderful material that has been posted.”

An Australian constable who infiltrated the group in August 2006 was among 50 witnesses testifying at trial. He told the jury that the group traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before being dismantled by law enforcement, according to the Justice Department statement.

Each defendant faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, fines and the possibility of supervised release for the rest of their lives, authorities said. The seven will be sentenced April 14.

During the six-day trial, evidence showed the seven participated in what prosecutors called a “well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two-year period.”

“This was a wide-scale, high-volume, international trafficking enterprise that used sophisticated computer encryption technology and file-sharing techniques,” Matthew Friedrich, acting assistant attorney general, said in the statement.

The seven defendants were James Freeman of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; Gary Lakey of Anderson, Indiana; Marvin Lambert of Indianapolis, Indiana; Neville McGarity of Medina, Texas; Warren Mumpower of Spokane, Washington; Daniel Castleman of Lubbock, Texas; and Ronald White of Burlington, North Carolina, according to the Department of Justice.

The charges included engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography, transporting child pornography, receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said.

Seven additional American defendants previously entered guilty pleas, prosecutors said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jim Freeman – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty


A federal court jury in Florida convicted seven people of participating in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, according to the Department of Justice.

Jurors convicted the seven Wednesday of multiple counts of child exploitation, pornography and obstruction of justice.

Members of the organization used Internet news groups to swap and share “illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts,” prosecutors said.

An indictment filed in the case detailed interactions between group members as they swapped and commented on images.

“My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” Freeman wrote in response to one posting, according to the indictment. And a posting from Castleman, cited in the indictment, read, “Thanks to all for the wonderful material that has been posted.”

An Australian constable who infiltrated the group in August 2006 was among 50 witnesses testifying at trial. He told the jury that the group traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before being dismantled by law enforcement, according to the Justice Department statement.

Each defendant faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, fines and the possibility of supervised release for the rest of their lives, authorities said. The seven will be sentenced April 14.

During the six-day trial, evidence showed the seven participated in what prosecutors called a “well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two-year period.”

“This was a wide-scale, high-volume, international trafficking enterprise that used sophisticated computer encryption technology and file-sharing techniques,” Matthew Friedrich, acting assistant attorney general, said in the statement.

The seven defendants were James Freeman of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; Gary Lakey of Anderson, Indiana; Marvin Lambert of Indianapolis, Indiana; Neville McGarity of Medina, Texas; Warren Mumpower of Spokane, Washington; Daniel Castleman of Lubbock, Texas; and Ronald White of Burlington, North Carolina, according to the Department of Justice.

The charges included engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography, transporting child pornography, receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said.

Seven additional American defendants previously entered guilty pleas, prosecutors said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Raymond Roy – Member of Jim Freemans Pedophile Ring takes the plea

Raymond Roy of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., today became the sixth defendant to plead guilty for his involvement in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Thomas F. Kirwin and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced.

Roy was one of 14 alleged members of the enterprise who were charged in a 40-count superseding indictment on March 19, 2008. He pleaded guilty today to five counts relating to his criminal activities as a member of a group engaged in a child exploitation enterprise. The charges alleged in these counts include conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography; transporting child pornography; and receiving child pornography.

Roy admitted today to participating over a two-year period in a technically sophisticated and well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to traffic sexually abusive images of children, or child pornography, to its membership. According to Roy’s guilty plea, members of the illegal organization used Internet newsgroups, which are large file-sharing networks where text, software, pictures and videos can be traded and shared, to traffic in illegal images and videos depicting pre-pubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts. Group members used sophisticated encryption methods to avoid detection and traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before their networks were dismantled by law enforcement. The current charges were developed after law enforcement infiltrated the group in August 2006.

Roy faces a minimum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison in addition to statutory fines. His sentencing is scheduled for March 10, 2009.

Trial for the remaining defendants is scheduled to begin on January 5, 2009, in Pensacola, Fla., before Senior U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Goldberg of the Northern District of Florida and Trial Attorney LisaMarie Freitas of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Queensland, Australia, Police Service, with the assistance of the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Child Pornography Unit in Germany, and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the United Kingdom.

Johnathan Mosman – Child Porn Ring member pleads guilty

A Queensland police probe has led to the fifth member of an alleged child pornography ring pleading guilty in the US.

Johnathan Mosman, 47, of Connecticut, faces a minimum of 20 years and maximum of life in a US federal prison after admitting to four charges, including engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography.

Mosman was one of 22 men in four countries, including two in Australia, arrested following an international operation that began on January 26, 2006, after a Queensland detective posing as a pedophile infiltrated the group via the internet.

The detective flew to the US and worked with the FBI’s International Innocent Images Task Force. The FBI also sent agents to Australia.

The arrests dismantled what US authorities described as one of the largest and most sophisticated child exploitation rings, with more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse posted, traded, and trafficked.

The group used powerful encryption tools to keep the operation secret and a multi-layered system to vet new members, US authorities allege.

Mosman was the fifth of the 14 men arrested in the US to plead guilty to child pornography charges.

A trial for the remaining nine US defendants is scheduled to begin on January 5 in Pensacola, Florida.

James Huskey pleads guilty – "The way to catch a predator is to find another predator first"


Hakes showed a graphic pockmarked with red dots representing the hundreds of locations where authorities have confiscated videos and images in the series since June of this year — the picture does not include those confiscated prior to June 2008.

An international investigation culminated Tuesday in a former LaFayette tennis coach pleading guilty in federal court to creating, distributing and receiving child pornography.

James Bartholomew “Bart” Huskey, 38, is accused of posting videos on the Internet during a period of years. He originally pleaded not guilty July 23.

Huskey appeared before Judge Robert L. Vining Jr. in U.S. District Court in Rome wearing a faded orange Polk County Jail uniform.

With his head down and hands behind his back, he answered “yes sir” to the judge’s questions.


Finally, Huskey straightened up for a brief moment and looked at Vining as he pleaded guilty to all charges.

Huskey is set to be sentenced Feb. 5, 2009, and could face as many as 70 years in prison and a fine as much as $750,000.

The case began when Australian authorities notified the FBI in June 2006 about a group of child pornography traders who used sophisticated security measures to keep from being caught by law enforcement.

In this investigation a particular series, known as the “Tara” series of videos and pictures, came to light, and the FBI aggressively worked to identify the child being abused and tracked down the location of Huskey who was producing and distributing the pictures and videos.

The case was extremely time-sensitive because the images had grown increasingly violent, prosecutors said, with Huskey shown brandishing a knife and using threatening behavior toward the victim.

Huskey was arrested in June and admitted to the abuse and posting images to the internet. The child also identified Huskey as the perpetrator.

During a search of Huskey’s home, the FBI found hundreds upon hundreds of disturbing images on Huskey’s computer, as well as the footage of the “Tara” series and many of the items depicted in images being traded around the world.

“The images in this case are horrific and that doesn’t even begin to describe the images,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Francey Hakes. “This case ranks right up there with the worst I’ve seen in 12 and a half years.”

Hakes showed a graphic pockmarked with red dots representing the hundreds of locations where authorities have confiscated videos and images in the series since June of this year — the picture does not include those confiscated prior to June 2008.

“(The series) is very sought after by people who have the same interests as Mr. Huskey,” she said. “It will be distributed throughout the world for many years to come unfortunately.”

The child is currently in protective custody and has been referred for a wide variety of therapeutic services provided to victims of child sexual abuse, said authorities.

“The guilty plea today of Mr. Huskey helps bring this tragic and twisted crime closer to a close. The rehabilitation and recovery of Mr. Huskey’s juvenile victim is, however, just beginning,” FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Greg Jones said. “The Atlanta Office FBI would like to express its gratitude to the many and varied law enforcement agencies who worked so hard toward this successful outcome.”

The case has a direct link to 15 other child pornographers in Florida, members of which were part of a sophisticated trading ring over the Internet.

Hakes said once a ring is cracked then more often than not, the U.S. Attorneys office will offer plea bargains during interrogation to each of the accused suspects in the alleged ring to turn them against each other.

“The way to catch a predator is to find another predator first,” Hakes said.

James Huskey pleads guilty – "The way to catch a predator is to find another predator first"


Hakes showed a graphic pockmarked with red dots representing the hundreds of locations where authorities have confiscated videos and images in the series since June of this year — the picture does not include those confiscated prior to June 2008.

An international investigation culminated Tuesday in a former LaFayette tennis coach pleading guilty in federal court to creating, distributing and receiving child pornography.

James Bartholomew “Bart” Huskey, 38, is accused of posting videos on the Internet during a period of years. He originally pleaded not guilty July 23.

Huskey appeared before Judge Robert L. Vining Jr. in U.S. District Court in Rome wearing a faded orange Polk County Jail uniform.

With his head down and hands behind his back, he answered “yes sir” to the judge’s questions.


Finally, Huskey straightened up for a brief moment and looked at Vining as he pleaded guilty to all charges.

Huskey is set to be sentenced Feb. 5, 2009, and could face as many as 70 years in prison and a fine as much as $750,000.

The case began when Australian authorities notified the FBI in June 2006 about a group of child pornography traders who used sophisticated security measures to keep from being caught by law enforcement.

In this investigation a particular series, known as the “Tara” series of videos and pictures, came to light, and the FBI aggressively worked to identify the child being abused and tracked down the location of Huskey who was producing and distributing the pictures and videos.

The case was extremely time-sensitive because the images had grown increasingly violent, prosecutors said, with Huskey shown brandishing a knife and using threatening behavior toward the victim.

Huskey was arrested in June and admitted to the abuse and posting images to the internet. The child also identified Huskey as the perpetrator.

During a search of Huskey’s home, the FBI found hundreds upon hundreds of disturbing images on Huskey’s computer, as well as the footage of the “Tara” series and many of the items depicted in images being traded around the world.

“The images in this case are horrific and that doesn’t even begin to describe the images,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Francey Hakes. “This case ranks right up there with the worst I’ve seen in 12 and a half years.”

Hakes showed a graphic pockmarked with red dots representing the hundreds of locations where authorities have confiscated videos and images in the series since June of this year — the picture does not include those confiscated prior to June 2008.

“(The series) is very sought after by people who have the same interests as Mr. Huskey,” she said. “It will be distributed throughout the world for many years to come unfortunately.”

The child is currently in protective custody and has been referred for a wide variety of therapeutic services provided to victims of child sexual abuse, said authorities.

“The guilty plea today of Mr. Huskey helps bring this tragic and twisted crime closer to a close. The rehabilitation and recovery of Mr. Huskey’s juvenile victim is, however, just beginning,” FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Greg Jones said. “The Atlanta Office FBI would like to express its gratitude to the many and varied law enforcement agencies who worked so hard toward this successful outcome.”

The case has a direct link to 15 other child pornographers in Florida, members of which were part of a sophisticated trading ring over the Internet.

Hakes said once a ring is cracked then more often than not, the U.S. Attorneys office will offer plea bargains during interrogation to each of the accused suspects in the alleged ring to turn them against each other.

“The way to catch a predator is to find another predator first,” Hakes said.

Another busted in SoHopeful’s pedo ring

SHE was a girl most police around the world thought had been lost to the violent hand of her abuser.

As a Queensland-led investigation smashed the oldest and most sophisticated internet pedophile ring ever known, the tortured face of the child haunted law enforcement agencies in 20 countries, who had been unable to find out who she was, where she lived and how to rescue her.

For two years, police had watched her grow up on film.

Thousands of pictures and movies had been shot of her being abused, sometimes at knifepoint, with the series becoming a “collector’s item” among the insidious network of pedophiles. A commonwealth government employee living in Townsville is one of them. As police moved to arrest the 22 ringleaders, and hundreds of other voyeurs who enjoyed their often made-to-order films, there was an overwhelming fear that the international dragnet was about to trigger her death.

“He knows we are closing in, we are very worried he is going to kill her, if she hasn’t already been killed,” one of the lead investigators privately told The Australian in March.

At the time, there was little known about the girl: just the country in which she lived and that she was about nine years of age. Despite fading hopes, police – led by Task Force Argos, the Queensland Police Service’s child sex unit – never gave up the search. Hundreds of investigators, including the FBI, trawled for tens of thousands of hours looking for clues to her identity among the captured catalogue of depravity that had been her life.

It paid off. On Tuesday night, FBI agents raided the US home of the abuser – James “Bart” Huskey, who gave her the pseudonym of “Tara” on the internet – and took her to safety.

According to an FBI affidavit, obtained by The Australian, Tara had been raped by Huskey, 38, the previous day. Not surprisingly, it was captured on film and destined to be shared with thousands on the internet.

Huskey, a married tennis coach from the southern state of Georgia with two children, is now behind bars in a high-security jail in Atlanta after being charged with abusing Tara and filming and photographing the offences over a four-year period.

Like many of his fellow ringleaders, he is facing decades in jail under tough new US federal laws covering the booming trade of child pornography on the internet. Already, Huskey has allegedly admitted to molesting the child.

“(He) stated that he had several thousand images of (the girl’s) molestation and several hundred videos of sexual molestation on an external hard drive connected to his desktop computer,” the affidavit said.

Not that it was needed, but the young girl also confirmed what had happened.

“She disclosed that (Huskey) had been sexually abusing her for years, and had … raped her within the last day,” said the affidavit.
Back at Brisbane’s Argos police unit, the arrest and rescue of Tara was received with a mixture of joy, pride and, most of all, relief. The beer then flowed.

Queensland’s Child Safety and Sexual Crime group chief, Detective Superintendent Peter Crawford, who oversaw the investigation, said it was difficult to describe the reaction to the news.

“We were ecstatic,” he finally offered. “It keeps people motivated and lets us all know that the work we do here, from Australia, can be a benefit to kids all around the world. It’s a distasteful job and all of us have the best interests of the kids at heart, and some of these cases are going to really get at you. Tara was one of those cases.”

For the Argos team and Crawford, who was awarded the Australian Police medal this month for his work, the mystery of Tara had soured any sense of jubilation earlier this year about leading the charge that helped to bring down the world’s worst known internet pedophiles.

“It required us, and later the FBI, to go through all of the images and carefully, methodically look for clues,” he said.

The search for Tara was an exercise daunting in its size and complexity, involving tens of thousands of hours of work, and would have put any Hollywood script in the shade.

According to Crawford, Argos investigators began to suspect this year that Tara was living in the US. The alleged offender had his face pixellated in all of the images and movies, and was, so he thought, extremely cautious about restricting geographically identifying features that appeared in the background.

An FBI agent was dispatched from the US to Brisbane to join in the laborious task of looking for clues within the notorious “Tara series”.

“We had this suspicion about the US,” Crawford said. “But when we were looking at the images as Australians, not knowing American culture or regions, there were things that meant nothing to us. She (the FBI agent) was able to look at the images and say this might be a certain geographical area, and progressively refine the search.”

The first big break came around the new year, when they discovered pictures of Tara inside a car. They were then shown to US automotive manufacturers, who were able to pinpoint the car as a being a 2003-2005 Pontiac Aztek with exterior “sunburst orange” metallic paint. Just before the car clue emerged, the FBI had begun looking at a painting – titled Inspired Hillsides – that could be seen in the background of a hotel room in one of the sex-abuse films. Investigators then scoured the records of all sales in the US of paintings with the same or similar titles. They soon discovered a copy of the painting had been sold to a small motel in Carrolton, Georgia.

In the FBI affidavit, the investigators revealed that the alleged abuser had titled one of his films “2007 Tara 8yo – gets (assaulted with a sexual device) – July 21, 2007”.

A search of the motel register offered up Huskey’s name, who had declared at the time that he was driving a van.

But a subsequent search discovered that a 2005 Pontiac Aztek was registered to a woman, who The Australian believes is the man’s wife. The FBI then trawled through the internet’s plethora of chatrooms and social networking sites, including MySpace. They uncovered a MySpace account registered to the woman.

“Background interior images on … MySpace account match background interior images on the ‘Tara’ series images,” the FBI affidavit said.

The FBI had enough to move.

The obstacles that the Australian and US police overcame to find Tara cannot be overstated. Police say the reason the pedophiles had not been caught, or even detected as a network, was their level of security.

To get into the inner sanctum, a member had to go through stages of passwords, highly sophisticated encryption and codenames. Even the location of their IP servers was disguised. Most, it is believed, did not even know the real location or identity of each other. There was even a guidebook providing the dos and don’ts of avoiding detection and protecting hard drives in the event of a raid. Police had not seen anything like it before.

“They would change their passwords on a regular basis, they would change their encryption keys on a regular basis and use codenames even within the group,” Crawford said.

The level of protection, and years of operating with immunity, allowed them to trade freely and speak openly.

Before being broken, members of the network even boasted among themselves of being able to “defeat” any law enforcement agency in the world.


“This is the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” one member crowed. “And I’m honoured just to be a part of it.” Their seeming invincibility was to be their undoing. It all began to unravel in January 2006 when New Zealand police, who, like Argos officers, are constantly trawling the internet, came across them.

Crawford said Argos did a preliminary investigation to establish that it was a job worth doing. “To be honest, we were not sure if we could break through the security, but we wanted to try,” he said.

Crawford is guarded about how it was done, but Argos officers were able to infiltrate the group.

Flowing from Operation Achilles, more than 2500 “customers” of child sex websites have been identified, with 100, including a US reserve police officer and the Australian federal bureaucrat, arrested and charged.

Just as importantly, 70 children worldwide, including a four-year-old Brisbane girl, have been rescued.

Jim Freeman Sex offender Activist, Pedo Ringleader


Federal prosecutors in James Freeman’s vast Internet child porn case have asked for more time because the FBI “seized more evidence than it could have imagined” in busting him.

Freeman, 48, formerly of Church Street in Santa Rosa Beach, was one of 12 men indicted in March for his role in a global porn ring that investigators say stretched to Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada.

He faces numerous federal charges: Engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy, advertisement of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

“This case is one of the largest digital seizures in the history of the FBI,” reads the prosecutors’ motion for a continuance in Freeman’s trial. They say they need until August to get through it, “even using all of the resources of the FBI.”

The evidence includes about 58 terabytes of information from several defendants’ computer hard drives.

By comparison, a typical video store may contain about 8 terabytes of video data. In 2006, when YouTube.com reportedly stored 45 terabytes of video data for viewing online, it was providing more than 100 million videos each day. Examiners have been working on the data “non-stop 24 hours per day, 7 days per week since the evidence was received,” according to the motion.

At least two defendants in the case have pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The indictment lists several of the men’s online descriptions of teens or children engaged in sex acts. One describes girls under 10 years old who are “heavily drugged” and abused.

In one message, Freeman thanks the others for their participation: “My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place. I’m honored just to be a part of it,” according to his indictment.

The charges were filed after investigators infiltrated the network. By then, the group had already traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sex abuse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pensacola alleges.

In a Daily News story March 8, it was reported that Freeman also was a registered sex offender who served as the executive director of a campaign to reform Megan’s Law and change sex offender registration requirements.

His organization’s Web site, http://www.SOhopeful.org, shut down soon after that.

Although Florida’s sex offender registry lists Freeman’s status as released, his listed address is at the Santa Rosa County Jail.

An officer there said he was being held for U.S. Marshals.

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Jim Freeman Sex offender Activist, Pedo Ringleader


Federal prosecutors in James Freeman’s vast Internet child porn case have asked for more time because the FBI “seized more evidence than it could have imagined” in busting him.

Freeman, 48, formerly of Church Street in Santa Rosa Beach, was one of 12 men indicted in March for his role in a global porn ring that investigators say stretched to Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada.

He faces numerous federal charges: Engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy, advertisement of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

“This case is one of the largest digital seizures in the history of the FBI,” reads the prosecutors’ motion for a continuance in Freeman’s trial. They say they need until August to get through it, “even using all of the resources of the FBI.”

The evidence includes about 58 terabytes of information from several defendants’ computer hard drives.

By comparison, a typical video store may contain about 8 terabytes of video data. In 2006, when YouTube.com reportedly stored 45 terabytes of video data for viewing online, it was providing more than 100 million videos each day. Examiners have been working on the data “non-stop 24 hours per day, 7 days per week since the evidence was received,” according to the motion.

At least two defendants in the case have pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The indictment lists several of the men’s online descriptions of teens or children engaged in sex acts. One describes girls under 10 years old who are “heavily drugged” and abused.

In one message, Freeman thanks the others for their participation: “My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place. I’m honored just to be a part of it,” according to his indictment.

The charges were filed after investigators infiltrated the network. By then, the group had already traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sex abuse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pensacola alleges.

In a Daily News story March 8, it was reported that Freeman also was a registered sex offender who served as the executive director of a campaign to reform Megan’s Law and change sex offender registration requirements.

His organization’s Web site, http://www.SOhopeful.org, shut down soon after that.

Although Florida’s sex offender registry lists Freeman’s status as released, his listed address is at the Santa Rosa County Jail.

An officer there said he was being held for U.S. Marshals.

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