Global `Lost Boy` child porn ring smashed: US

US authorities have said they had broken up an international online child pornography ring using a bulletin board called "Lost Boy" and charged some 20 people in five countries.

Los Angeles: US authorities have said they
had broken up an international online child pornography ring using a bulletin board called "Lost Boy" and charged some 20
people in five countries.

The Internet forum was used by some three dozen members
trading thousands of "images and videos of child pornography
depicting young boys in sexually explicit situations," some of
which the members made themselves.

Sixteen of the suspects are in the United States, while
the others are in France, Germany, Belgium and New Zealand,
according to US justice authorities including the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Five have already pleaded guilty in the United States to
charges including producing child pornography, conspiracy to
transport child pornography and participating in a child
exploitation enterprise.

"The Lost Boy case represents a global subculture that
exists for the purpose of trading of child pornography and
other tools used to sexually exploit children," said assistant
FBI director Steven Martinez.

The five who have pleaded guilty in the United States
were identified as David Michael Fagerness, 44; Andrew Neil
Scott, 30; Anthony Jasso, 46; Justin Lee, 33, and Woodrow
Tracy, 65.

The four named in indictments but still abroad are:
Gregoire Byvoet, 34, of Belgium; Sven-Gregor Meyer, 46, of
Germany; Raymond Ruelle, 50, of France, and Robin Lopez, 29,
of New Zealand.
US Attorney for California`s central district Andre
Birotte Jr. said the Lost Boy bulletin board "allowed members
to access pornographic images of hundreds of boys who were
victimized for sexual purposes.

"As a result of this investigation, authorities also
discovered individuals who abused children, made their own
child pornography and shared their disturbing product with
others on the Internet," he added.
US Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said the group
was uncovered "through unprecedented cooperation with foreign
law enforcement partners."

"We are committed to pursuing these perpetrators wherever
they are through international investigations and prosecutions
like the one we are highlighting today," he added.

Bureau Report