Skip to comments.Utah's largest child porn bust nets 39 arrests across the state
Posted on 04/30/2011 4:47:49 PM PDT by Colofornian
SALT LAKE CITY Utahs Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force arrested 39 suspects on suspicion of dealing in child pornography after a month-long investigation.
It is part of Operation FrostyLime Squeeze. The unique name stems from FrostWire and LimeWire.com, two of many file-sharing websites local police, the FBI and the Utah Attorney General cracked down on from February 28 to March 31.
The most arrests came out of Utah County with many of the suspects in positions of trust and lived a double lifestyle, according to investigators.
These are your next door neighbors, pastor, scout master, teacher, the coach. Many are first-time offenders, says Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
Law enforcement says some photographed themselves in sex acts with kids and leaked the photos online through file-sharing sites.
Last year, during a similar bust, police arrested 14 individuals and seized 100 CDs with child porn images. This year there were 39 arrests and 1,000 CDs seized.
"If a stack of documents was made with each child pornography image seized, the stack would be 1,909 high or the height of 347 Mount Everests," says Shurtleff. "It is on the rise which is amazing because weve been doing this for 10 years."
"Most of the people who are into child pornography are watching and viewing it for sexual gratification but then everyone wants to take the next step and molest a child," says ICAC commander Jessica Farnsworth.
"The magnitude of this is just mindboggling and I believe the people in this state dont have a clue as to what their children are exposed to on the internet," says Layton Police Chief Terry Keefe.
Investigators say the bust should be a wake-up call to parents. They say monitor what your children are viewing on the net, use child-protection software and don not let your kids surf the net with the doors closed.
For those who don't know, Utah County is the Provo area...and the most concentrated Mormon county in the state...about 85% Mormon. But he mentions "pastor," too...and Mormons don't have "pastors." So can somebody do some digging to "out" who this "pastor" was?
Article was written by Gene Kennedy and web staff
Sadly, this is most likely true. I believe that conservatives (F.R. members) are much more likely to keep watch on their children, I know I do.
Makes me wonder if the reporter just tossed in the word "Pastor", because he could. It's a gentile problem, ya know.
does this statement bug anybody else?.....what is she saying, that its okay to just view child abuse/porn but then they get really bad and want to do it themselves..???...talk about a slippery slope.
I'm not going to get in the trap of criticizing Mormons because of this porn ring.....we all know that it is found in all communities, and to be smug and to think that it "can't happen here" is pure folly....
on a larger note, how absolutely evil and sinister pornagraphy is....especially child pornography...
its Satanism and yet we have people who will still defend it as a "libertarian" issue....
I am so glad we do these stings, it is probably very effective in preventing a lot of child abuse.
It is like the only real sin in America any more, most other crimes get a shrug.
Has the CATHOLIC church been mentioned by MORMONs yet?
YEP. Slippery slope, indeed. Does kind of make a person say, “Say what???”
Of course that is obvious, but want to be clear...