Thursday, December 17, 2009

50 arrested in Operation Cyber Safe child porn sweep in Cuyahoga County

from the Plain Dealer

By Michael Sangiacomo
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 36 adults and 14 juveniles on a combined 2,300 charges involving child pornography, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced Wednesday.

Operation Cyber Safe was conducted May 3 through Oct. 15 and involved catching people trading child porn over the Internet. Mason said it was like "shooting fish in a barrel."

The suspects used a file-sharing Web site, which allowed investigators to track users.

The arrests were made all over Cuyahoga County and more than 2,500 pictures and videos of child pornography were seized.

One of the suspects was a woman, 26-year-old Illiana Kaufman. She also faces charges accusing her running a marijuana growing operation.

All suspects were charged with pandering and creating child pornography, the illegal use of a minor and possessing criminal tools.

The suspect with the most charges was Eric Bambino of Cleveland, who was indicted on 102 offenses.

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