“Dozens arrested in New York child pornography bust” By Victoria Cavaliere

This is an excerpt from a recent article published by Reuters. The source of this excerpt is http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-usa-childporn-new-york-idUSBREA4K16620140521

Two police officers, a Little League coach, and a mother were among 71 people arrested across the New York City-area in the largest-ever roundup of people who share child pornography online, federal and local law enforcement said Wednesday.

Photos of people arrested in a sting operation are reflected in a seized tablet computer following a news conference to announce the arrest of 71 individuals for sharing child pornography online in New York. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Photos of people arrested in a sting operation are reflected in a seized tablet computer following a news conference to announce the arrest of 71 individuals for sharing child pornography online in New York. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The 70 men and one woman came from all five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding suburbs, including New Jersey and Long Island, and range in age from their 20s to 50s, authorities said.

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“Many of the defendants are in fact educated and successful in their professional and private lives,” [James] Hayes told reporters. “We can no longer assume that the only people who would stoop to prey on children are unemployed drifters.”

Among those charged was a paramedic, two nurses, an airline pilot, an au pair, a person previously convicted of child sexual abuse, a New York City police officer and a mother accused of producing pornography involving her own child.

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Those arrested face a battery of state and federal charges, including distributing, producing and possessing child pornography.

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Seized hard drives that contain child pornography are pictured on a table following a news conference to announce the arrest of 71 individuals for sharing child pornography online in New York. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Seized hard drives that contain child pornography are pictured on a table following a news conference to announce the arrest of 71 individuals for sharing child pornography online in New York. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

With the help of the New York City Police Department, investigators “surreptitiously” connected to the peer-to-peer network, which at times had up to 3,000 people searching for child pornography, Hayes said.

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Hayes said the investigation was just beginning. “We hope this sends the message to predators that we are going to find them,” he said.

Those arrested in the sweep face between seven and 25 years in prison if convicted.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the Reuters website http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-usa-childporn-new-york-idUSBREA4K16620140521

VICTORIA CAVALIERE is a reporter for Reuters.