posted on August 03, 2011 17:37
An abhorrent international story involving a highly-active child pornography ring has struck a chord in Western New York, as two Erie County men have been arrested and charged in connection to the case.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the massive round-up today, nicknamed "Operation Delego." A total of 72 individuals, both here and abroad, have been charged with sex and child pornography crimes. 52 have been arrested so far, and 13 have pleaded guilty to their charges. Four have already been sentenced with 20-to-30 year prison terms and lifetime parole.
A pair of men from the Buffalo area are charged in the case. 31-year-old Christopher Luke of Kenmore, and 60-year-old Todd Stumpf of Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo have both been cuffed and jailed as part of the child porn investigation. Both have been shipped off to jail in Lousiana for further court action.
The entire bust-up can be traced back to one despicable website, known as "Dreamboard." Active members of this online community were required to post videos of extreme sexual assault on children under the age of 11. Often times, the posters created the content themselves. Any member not conforming with the website's sick rules was booted from the community and had to re-apply.
“The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation...but for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare,” said Attorney General Holder today.
"This is a horrific crime that can ruin the lives of children and devastate families," added U.S. District Attorney William Hochul of Western New York.
WBTA News has made the editorial decision to withhold further details of the investigation from our broadcasts and the text of this posting. Below, further materials provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office divulge further details of the investigation, for those who wish to read them.
CONTENT WARNING: The materials below contain graphic interpretations of the content of a sick-minded, exclusive online community. Crude language is used, and graphic imagery is described.
CLICK HERE to view U.S. Attorney's Office news release on "Operation Delego"
CLICK HERE to view select details of "Operation Delego," provided by U.S. Attorney's Office