Members of Scottish paedophile ring – will get out of prison one day

NEIL STRACHAN

Neil Strachan, a 41-year-old service engineer, was found guilty of eight charges after the lengthy trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He sparked Operation Algebra when he left a computer disk with indecent images of children in the computer he put in for repair.

The technicians called in the police and detectives began the moves which would trap the gang.

It led officers to Strachan’s home in Duff Street, in the Dalry area of Edinburgh, on 9 November 2007 – a home he shared with his on-off boyfriend, Colin Slaven.

Strachan was arrested that day, and six days later Slaven was also detained.

Strachan was convicted of attempting to rape an 18-month old boy, of sexually assaulting a six year old boy, and of sexually assaulting another child.

He was also convicted of possessing, taking, distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute indecent photos of children, and of conspiring to meet other men to sexually abuse a child.

COLIN SLAVEN


Colin Slaven, a 24-year-old IT worker, was found guilty of three charges. Slaven had been Strachan’s on-off boyfriend since he was 16.

Police had seized a laptop which Slaven admitted belonged to him and which contained child pornography.

Slaven, who was once employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board, was convicted of possessing, taking and possessing with intent to distribute indecent photos of children.

CRAIG BOATH


Insurance adjuster Craig Boath, 24, from Dundee, was convicted of six charges. He was found to have 31,385 indecent images.

They included 1,261 stills and 15 video clips graded at the most depraved end of the scale.

He was arrested on 27 March last year at his home after officers discovered e-mails between him and James Rennie sharing child pornography.

He was convicted of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children, and of conspiring to meet Strachan, Rennie, Webber and Milligan to sexually abuse a child.

JAMES RENNIE


James Rennie, who was the chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland when he was caught by police, was found guilty of 14 charges.

Rennie’s emails to Strachan were traced to him by an MI5 specialist.

Rennie, 38, also from Edinburgh, was using the alias “kplover”. He told police it stood for kiddie porn lover.

Officers found images of Rennie, also a trained teacher, sexually assaulting a boy as young as three months old.

He was convicted of of sexually assaulting a child and of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

He was also found guilty of conspiring to meet Strachan, Webber, Boath and Milligan to sexually abuse a child.

JOHN MILLIGAN


John Milligan, a 40-year-old civil servant from the Govan area of Glasgow, was found guilty of eight charges at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He was discovered to have 78,289 indecent images, including 748 stills and 141 video clips at the top end of the scale.

He was arrested on 23 May last year at his home after being traced through e-mails with Rennie.

He was convicted of conspiring to meet Strachan, Rennie, Webber and Boath to sexually abuse a child, and of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

JOHN MURPHY


John Murphy, a trained teacher from Glasgow, was found guilty of five charges. The 44-year-old worked as a receptionist in a gay sauna.

He was found with 177 indecent images in his Govanhill flat.

He had his home searched by officers on 16 April last year after being traced through e-mails with Rennie. His computer was seized and he was arrested on 4 July last year.

Murphy was convicted of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

ROSS WEBBER


Ross Webber, a bank worker from North Berwick in East Lothian, was found guilty of five charges. The 27-year-old had 188 indecent images on his computer.

He was arrested on 5 January last year after computer checks found he had received child pornography from Rennie.

Two computers and CDs were recovered from his home.

He was convicted of conspiring to meet Milligan, Strachan, Rennie and Boath to sexually abuse a child, and of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

NEIL CAMPBELL

Cake firm manager Neil Campbell was found guilty of five charges. The 46-year-old church elder had 928 indecent images of children at his home in Bearsden, near Glasgow.

He was traced by computer experts to his home on 29 March last year after sharing images with Rennie.

Officers searched his home and seized a computer before Campbell, who was married, was arrested at the address two days later.

He was convicted of possessing, taking, distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute indecent photos of children.

Scottish paedophile nets Prison time for Perverts

Top, from left: Colin Slaven, Craig Boath, James Rennie, Neil Campbell, (bottom, from left) Ross Phillip Webber, John Patrick Murphy, John Milligan and Neil Strachan, who have all been found guilty of a catalogue of child pornography and abuse charges

Six members of a paedophile gang have been sent to prison for a total of more than 40 years for conspiring to abuse children and for owning and distributing grotesque images and videos of abuse.

Police and prosecutors expressed grim satisfaction at the length of the sentences meted out to three of the men, who were found guilty of conspiracy. The verdicts in the case, which has made set a legal precedent in Scotland, and the 17-year sentence imposed on John Milligan signals a significant tightening of the law to deal with sex offenders

Milligan, a 44-year-old civil servant from Glasgow, was found with 75,289 photographs and moving images of child sex abuse, and was “at the heart of this most serious conspiracy and a very major player,” said judge Lord Bannatyne, passing sentence. Milligan’s co-conspirators, Craig Boath from Dundee and Ross Webber, from North Berwick, received sentences of nine years and nine months and eight years and nine months respectively.

“The conspiracy charge in this case accurately reflected the actions of the accused and the full extent of their criminal behaviour which went far beyond the sharing of indecent photographs” said Morag McLaughlin, area procurator fiscal for Lothian and Borders.

“The charge highlighted how these individuals connected and planned to share children for sexual gratification, the individual parts and joint parts each played in that joint venture and the common goal that they sought. The charge of conspiracy makes clear that agreeing to take part in this kind of activity is itself an offence and can be struck at by the law, even if the agreement is not followed through.”

The other men were convicted of the lesser charges of distributing, possessing and making indecent images. Neil Campbell, 46, a bell-ringer at Jordanhill parish church in Glasgow, was jailed for three years and four months. A married man, Campbell was formerly a Church of Scotland elder.

John Murphy, a receptionist at a gay sauna in Glasgow was jailed for two years, and Colin Slaven, a 24-year-old IT worker from Edinburgh was jailed for three years, a year of which was for contempt of court, after he arrived at court drunk during the trial.

The judge said all the offences were of the most serious nature, involving real children. “Many of the photographs, involved children being sexually abused, often in the most appalling ways,” said Lord Bannatyne. “These are not victimless crimes. They are real victims of these offences, namely the children who are photographed and in many of these photographs are actually being abused. In many of the photographs the children were of tender years.”

Two other members of the gang, Neil Strachan, 41, and James Rennie, 38, a senior figure in youth work in Scotland, will be sentenced in seven weeks, for conspiracy and for other serious charges including the abuse of a three-month-old baby, left in Rennie’s care by close friends who had no knowledge of his abusive activities. Both men face the prospect of life sentences.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hood, who heading the 18-month police investigation, codenamed Algebra, said yesterday’s sentences sent a clear message to other offenders that the Scottish legal system “worked very well” and would hold them to proper account.

However, beyond the sheer volume of sickening images which were seized – totalling more than 125,000 photographs and videos – and the shocking “chatlogs” which recorded brutal details of abuse in internet conversations between the men. Mr Hood said officers found other aspects of the case disturbing, notably the level of deception involved.

None of the six men had previous convictions for sex offences, and all led apparently respectable, middle-class lives. Each one was involved in the “skilled deceit” of friends and family, in a way which was profoundly disturbing, he said.

The convictions stemmed from one of the most complex investigations ever carried out by Lothian and Borders Police. The gang were traced because Strachan forgot to remove a hard drive from a broken work computer he had sent for repair. It revealed hundreds of shocking images, and a record of internet conversations and e-mail addresses. An international investigation tracked down his friends and associates, an operation which involved computer experts in America and the UK, the FBI, and a former MI5 expert in radio technology.

The investigation indentified about 200 offenders across the globe and information on around 70 other people was sent to police forces throughout the UK as a result of the inquiry.

The images which had been recovered would “repulse any reasonable human being” said Mr Hood. “As an investigator it is often difficult to reconcile why individuals resort to this abhorrent behaviour. Despite this, Algebra has taught us many lessons and we will use these to target those who seek to commit these crimes.

“Technology is advancing all the time, we will use every tool at our disposal to make sure anyone involved in this kind of activity is identified and brought to justice,” he added.

Lord Bannatyne imposed extended sentences on the men sentenced yesterday, to provide extra protection for the public. Offenders on extended sentences remain on licence for a number of years after their release and should they fail to comply with the conditions of the licence, they can be re-arrested.

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

7 arrested in large Child Pornography Ring


State Police and the Oneida County District Attorney on Wednesday announced the largest ever undercover child pornography bust in the county.

The D.A.’s office, Child Advocacy Center, Utica, Rome and State Police worked on the investigation.

It was back in January that State Police first approached the D.A.’s office. Since then, investigators have spent days viewing graphic computer images that would force most to turn away from their monitor.

“You have to compartmentalize it and it’s a very rewarding job when we can lock somebody up that’s a purveyor of this stuff so that’s how I deal with it,” says veteran State Police Investigator Al Cordary.

Police went out last week with eight search warrants and came back with seven suspects:

*Stephen M. Deprospero, 35, of Rome;
*Shawn R. Gouse, 33, or Rome;
*Mathew R. Specht, 20, of Westmoreland;
*Rocco L. Ambrose III, 27, of Rome;
*James M. Gheen, 20, of Whitesboro;
*Brian R. Ingham, 22, of Rome
*David W. Saville, 24, of Rome.

Police say none represent cases where someone accidentally downloaded one or two obscene images.

“There’s not one or two movies; not one or two still photos that these perverts are looking at; it’s in excess of hundreds that they’re actually viewing at any given time on any given day,” says State Police Captain Francis Coots.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara says these cases don’t involve 15-year-olds who look 25 years old.

“All of the cases we investigated involved infants to children that are approximately 12 years old. This is a situation where the children in these videos are pre-puberty children. There is absolutely no question that these are children,” says McNamara.

McNamara couldn’t elaborate on exactly how the investigative team was lead to the seven suspects; just that it involved investigators working in an undercover capacity. He says there is no reason to believe any of the images were generated locally or involved local children.

The seven suspects under arrest face charges of possessing or promoting the sexual performance of a child. The crime carries up to four years in prison on conviction, but there is not mandatory prison time for the crime on a first offense. That is why Oneida County prosecutors are attempting to prosecute the case federally–where punishments are more severe. They are already in contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

All but two of the men charged have posted bail and are out of jail.

The investigation is continuing. More arrests and charges are possible.

Neil Strachan – Repeat Sex Offender – Scottish Mom calls for Mark’s Law

Strachan, from Edinburgh, was a trusted friend of the boy’s family. What they did not know was he had already served a three-year jail term for repeatedly molesting another child.


Neil Strachan was being monitored by police and social workers when he sexually abused the 18-month-old boy he was babysitting. The child’s mother is demanding an inquiry

A MOTHER told last night of the devastation wreaked on her family by a convicted child molester, and said she dreaded the day she would have to explain to her son about the horrific abuse he suffered.

Speaking publicly for the first time, the mother of the boy who was abused by Neil Strachan when he was only 18 months old opened her heart and told of the trauma of learning her son could have been infected with HIV.

She also demanded an inquiry into how the registered sex offender was able to carry out the abuse and called for a new law to ensure parents were informed if sexual predators could have access to their children.

The woman wants to know how a man who was being monitored by police and social workers was allowed to prey on her son. He distributed an image of himself abusing the boy while he was babysitting him over Hogmanay in 2005.

The 41-year-old was convicted of a string of lewd and libidinous acts on children on Thursday, after a nine-week trial that saw eight men found guilty of a catalogue of child abuse charges.

Strachan, from Edinburgh, was a trusted friend of the boy’s family. What they did not know was he had already served a three-year jail term for repeatedly molesting another child.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, talked of the terrible impact the crimes had had on her family, and of her anguish at learning that the man she had trusted enough to let him look after her two children was a child molester who was HIV positive.

The woman went on: “The police say (Strachan] was being supervised. But that’s rubbish – how could he have been?”

Her comments have reignited the debate over the extent to which parents should be informed if convicted sex offenders are living in their area.

The move has been dubbed “Mark’s Law”, after Mark Cummings, eight, who was murdered by Stuart Leggate, a convicted sex offender. The boy’s mother launched a campaign for the sharing of information about known paedophiles.

Lothian and Borders Police said they were satisfied Strachan had been monitored “appropriately”. But last night – as the force refused to disclose details of a review into the case or comment on reports that Strachan had been visited by child protection officers only three times a year – the mother accused police of “brushing the matter under the carpet”.

She said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I found out he was a child molester. I couldn’t take it in. It’s left me completely numb.

“They couldn’t have been monitoring him. If they had been monitoring him properly, they would have known he could have come into contact with my boy. They would have contacted me to say, ‘ Strachan’s a sex offender – be careful what you do with your children’.

“Strachan couldn’t have been monitored. It’s absolute rubbish to say they did. I think there should be an investigation.”

Strachan and the seven other members of what police say was Scotland’s biggest paedophile ring have yet to be sentenced, but the mother said no punishment could compensate for the abuse.

“It doesn’t matter how long he is jailed for. He might spend the next 15 years in prison, but what’s to stop him going out and re- offending again?”

She told how Strachan had befriended her family and been regarded as a “really caring, loving person”, and went on: “I still cannot believe it, I just cannot take it in. He came across as someone who would do anything to help you – anything.

“He’s ruined my life and he’s ruined my mum’s life. She’s devastated.”

She said she feared the effect the abuse will have on her boy, now four, in the future.

“I dread the day I have to tell him what happened,” she said. “My boy seems fine now. But maybe we’ll have to wait until he’s older before we find out how it’s affected him.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, who will today visit police officers who ran the investigation that has uncovered a total of 70 suspected paedophiles, said lessons had to be learned.

“I’m assured that any operational issues that emerge will be shared with agencies across Scotland. The public would expect nothing less,” he said.

He added that Strachan’s crimes predated new multi-agency protection arrangements designed to improve the risk assessment and monitoring of sex offenders after they have been released from prison.

Mr MacAskill recently announced plans for a pilot project that would allow parents or guardians to seek a disclosure check against someone who has access to their children.

Opposition politicians back the move – but want ministers to go further.

Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie said: “The Scottish Government should use GPS satellite tracking to monitor sex offenders released from prison. And it should consider using lie detector tests on paedophiles as part of their probation conditions if they are released from prison.”

Labour’s justice spokesman Richard Baker said: “We welcome the pilot scheme, but that should not necessarily be the end of the matter.”

A MOTHER’S FIGHT FOR ‘MARK’S LAW’

THE mother of a Glasgow boy murdered by a convicted child molester has spearheaded a campaign for new laws to inform members of the public of paedophiles who pose a risk to their children.

Margaret Ann Cummings has fought for the introduction of “Mark’s Law” following the 2004 murder of her eight-year-old son, Mark Cummings, by convicted sex offender Stuart Leggate, who lived in the same tower block.

None of the residents in the block in Royston, Glasgow, was told when Leggate moved in that he had a criminal record.

Campaigners for a new “Mark’s Law” had called for a total disclosure of names of anyone on the sexual offenders register.

In 2005, Ms Cummings delivered a 6,000-signature petition to the Scottish Parliament calling on politicians to investigate whether such a law should be passed. She also urged the then Scottish Executive to introduce changes to the way sex offenders were supervised and monitored.

But Kenny MacAskill, the justice secretary, has refused to offer blanket disclosure on all known paedophiles because he claimed this would drive them underground, making them a greater risk.

However, last weekend, he announced the setting up of a pilot scheme that would give parents the right to know whether someone who had regular contact with their children was a sex offender.

But it is highly unlikely such a law would have protected the children abused by Neil Strachan and James Rennie, the leaders of a paedophile ring convicted on Thursday, as the victims’ parents regarded them as good friends.

THAT IS BECAUSE THEY DID NOT KNOW

It is scenarios such as these that ensure pressure for wider disclosure laws will continue.

Managing of sex offenders

REGISTERED sex offenders are required by law to inform police about their personal circumstances.

These include notifying the police of their name and address, date of birth, national insurance number, any change of address and periods of a stay away from home.

Police and social workers also seek to minimise the risk of paedophiles striking again by drawing up their own monitoring plans.

This includes regular visits to their homes and case conferences to discuss any concerns.

But the job of managing sex offenders is much easier if they are sentenced to more than four years in prison. That is because they can then be held subject to licence conditions that impose restrictions on their behaviour – such as staying away from children.

For sex offenders released after short prison sentences, little can be done to compel them, for example, to live far from a school.

Police already have the power to notify individuals if they consider a sex offender poses a risk. And they often use the threat of disclosure to influence a sex offender’s behaviour.

A source said: “If a convicted paedophile begins a relationship, for example, with a single mother, the police might warn him he has 48 hours to tell her about his past – or they’ll sit down with her for a cup of tea and a chat.”

However, some of the supervision was ad hoc, poorly co-ordinated and ill-informed.

In April 2007, Scottish police forces, social work departments and prisons were required to implement new arrangements to manage dangerous offenders in the community.

Mappa – multi-agency public protection arrangement – rules had already been introduced in England and Wales.

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

James Rennie – Chief Executive of LBGT Youth Scotland GUILTY Molesting babies


The men were convicted of abusing infants from three months old and conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography…

A ring of eight paedophiles, including a former welfare campaigner for young gay men, were yesterday convicted of child abuse and producing indecent images of children.

The men, from across central Scotland, were found guilty by a jury in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges, ranging from abusing infants from three months old to conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography.

Two of the leaders of the gang, the biggest paedophile network uncovered in Scotland, were convicted of raping and abusing the young children of close friends while they were babysitting, and sharing images of the abuse.

One, James Rennie, 38, then the chief executive of the gay and lesbian helpline LBGT Youth Scotland, had been babysitting the son of close friends, called Child F during the trial, since the child was three months old. The child’s parents were so comfortable with Rennie that he was allowed to bathe, change and dress the boy, whom he went on to abuse repeatedly for four years, allowing another ring-leader, Neil Strachan, to participate.

An engineer with previous convictions for child sex offences, Strachan, 41, had photographed himself trying to abuse an 18-month-old boy he was babysitting for friends on New Year’s Eve in 2005.

Rennie, a former secondary school teacher since sacked from the helpline, had championed the rights of young gay people. But in private, said Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, he had been “polluted by deviant compulsion”.

During one of the most harrowing trials of its kind, the images were so graphic that the court had to be cleared of the public and media during the 10-week hearing. At one stage, the judge, Lord Bannatyne, suddenly adjourned the hearing without explanation after hearing about the rape of a four-year-old girl.

The police uncovered the paedophile ring after Strachan, a maintenance engineer for a paint firm and formerly secretary of Celtic Boys Club in Edinburgh, handed his computer in for repair. On its hard drive, a repair technician found an image of an 11-year-old boy abusing himself.

A further 7,000 images were found, together with emails clearly showing that other children were at serious risk. Lothian and Borders detectives launched Operation Algebra, and were given warrants by courts in the United States to obtain email records from Microsoft. Expert witnesses were able to identify one digital camera used to record the abuse from the photographs.

That investigation exposed Rennie’s identity. He had assumed the email name “Kenny Plover”, whose email address “kplover99” was said to stand for “kiddie porn lover”. His email account was accessed from the offices of LGBT Youth Scotland in Leith, Edinburgh.

Sophisticated tracking equipment then located Rennie’s broadband Wi-Fi signals in the Meadowbank area of Edinburgh.

Strachan, using the name “Mark”, sent Rennie images of his abuse of the toddler on New Year’s Eve. Further investigations by police uncovered the identities of the other six men who made, shared and collected abusive images: Colin Slaven, 23, from Edinburgh; Neil Campbell, 46, John Milligan, 40, and John Murphy, 44, all of Glasgow; Ross Webber, 27, from North Berwick; and Craig Boath, 24, from Dundee.

Milligan had 78,000 images in his possession. He was allowed to listen on the telephone to Rennie abusing the toddler, and had discussed getting access to the boy. Webber, Boath and Milligan were found guilty of conspiring to participate in the sexual abuse of children along with Strachan and Rennie. Campbell was cleared of conspiracy. The men will be sentenced later.

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

Eight members of paedophile ring found guilty of child porn and sex charges

The groundbreaking court case uncovered Scotland’s biggest paedophile network and revealed the shocking crimes of a “spider’s web of apparently respectable men”.


It emerged during the case that the ringleaders Neil Strachan and James Rennie befriended the families of the children they abused.

Rennie, 38, was the chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, a group dedicated to helping young lesbian and homosexual deal with their sexuality.

Strachan, 41, a paint firm engineer who was previously jailed for molesting a young boy, was the former secretary of a Celtic boys club and a campaigner on homosexual issues.

The court was told that he was “polluted by deviant compulsion”. Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, said: “In reality he is someone who allowed his profound interest in the sexual abuse of children to engulf his entire life.”

Some of the evidence the jurors sat through was so disturbing that consideration was given to offering them counselling at the end of the case.

Rennie circulated photographs of his abuse of a small boy, allowed Strachan to join him in the assault, and offered the child to other paedophiles.

The family of his victim – described in court as Child F – said after the verdicts were announced that their life had been “turned upside down”.

They added: “For over 15 years James Rennie seemed the closest of family friends and it is hard to put into words the extent of the betrayal he has exacted upon us, as many of the details may identify our family and son.

“To subsequently learn that he abused our son, and invited others to do the same, has been devastating. As a family we have had to learn to live, and cope with, the effect these horrific events have had.”

The mother of an 18-month-old boy abused by Strachan said she would never be able to forgive him for the “sick” attacks on her son.

She added: “The anguish I feel towards Mr Strachan is indescribable. I feel that no matter what punishment given to Mr Strachan it will never be able to compensate for the hurt, devastation and great deal of stress brought to me and my family.

“Mr Strachan used and abused our trust in order to satisfy his and others’ sick needs.”

In a legal first in a Scottish court, five of the men were convicted of a charge of conspiring to commit sex offences against children.

The group was caught after an international investigation called Operation Algebra was launched in response to the discovery of photographs on the computer of one of the men.

More than 125,000 images were seized in the inquiry and officers discovered links with paedophiles in the US and the Netherlands.

Strachan, Rennie, Ross Webber, 27, a bank worker from North Berwick, Craig Boath, 24, an insurance claims adjuster, and John Milligan, 40, a civil servant from Glasgow, were found guilty of plotting to turn their fantasies into reality by arranging access to children to carry out acts of sexual abuse.

The same five were also found guilty, along with Colin Slaven, 23, an IT worker from Edinburgh, John Murphy, 44, a receptionist in a sauna in Glasgow, and Neil Campbell, 46, a cake firm manager from Glasgow, of charges relating to child pornography.

The offences were committed in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and East Lothian between February 2004 to May 2008.

They will be sentenced later.

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

James Freeman – Repeat Sex Offender – LIFE in Prison


A registered sex offender from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, was sentenced to life in prison today for his activity in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

James Freeman, 46, was found guilty following a six-day trial in January 2009 of six counts relating to his criminal activities as a member of the child exploitation enterprise. The charges alleged in these counts included engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising, transporting and receiving child pornography and obstruction of justice.

Five of the defendants previously sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier: Daniel Castleman of Lubbock, Texas; Gary Lakey of Anderson, Ind.; Marvin Lambert of Indianapolis; Neville McGarity of Medina, Texas; and Ronald White of Burlington, N.C., also received life sentences.

According to evidence introduced at trial, the defendants were members of a highly sophisticated international network. The group was a well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two-year period.

The defendants were found guilty of participating in an illegal organization that used Internet newsgroups — large file-sharing networks where text, software, pictures and videos can be traded and shared — to traffic in illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts.

Specifically, an Australian constable who infiltrated the group in August 2006 testified at trial about how group members employed a complex system of pseudonyms, screening tests for new members and sophisticated encryption methods to avoid detection. He also testified that the group traded more than 400,000 images and 1,000 videos of child sexual abuse before it was dismantled by law enforcement.

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

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

Operation Joint Hammer Busts Child Porn Rings Worldwide

About 170 people, including more than 60 Americans, have been arrested in the breakup of seven major child pornography rings worldwide, the FBI said Monday.

The U.S. law enforcement agency said Operation Joint Hammer, which started with a tip from Australian authorities in 2006, is already one of the largest child porn probes on record and it isn’t over yet, the agency said on its Web site.

The FBI said along with the arrests, authorities rescued 14 girls, some as young as 3, who had been sexually abused by pornographers.

The FBI said authorities in Queensland, Australia, came across a pornographic video online showing a young Dutch girl. That led to the arrest of an alleged molester in Belgium and a video producer from Italy.

A list of 50,000 e-mails from 28 countries, including 11,000 from the United States, was seized from the video producer and that led to the start of Operation Joint Hammer, the FBI said.

Dangerous sexual predators have been stopped, the FBI said, including a New Jersey man producing sexual images of his 9-year-old daughter, an Arizona elementary school teacher who was a customer of the Italian Web site and a convicted sex offender from Philadelphia.

We’re still working our way through all the cases, said the unnamed FBI agent in charge of the investigation.

Cooperation is the key.

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