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NYC child porn busts 71 people, 175 terabytes of data

Brian Fanelli

The Associated Press is reporting a massive child pornography sting went down in the New York City area, netting 70 men and one woman. Those charged include a police chief, a paramedic, a rabbi and a Boy Scout leader.

Police have confiscated 600 digital devices, including computers, tablets and phones and say there is about 175 terabytes of storages to examine.

The operation stemmed from the January arrest of Brian Fanelli, the former police chief of the New Jersey town of Mount Pleasant. Fanelli pleaded not guilty this week to federal charges of ‘knowingly receiving and distributing child pornography.’ Fanelli told investigators that he began looking at images of child pornography as part of his job and that it became a ”personal interest.”

In addition to the 70 arrested, the images in evidence can lead to further arrests. Behind the camera that took each image is a perpetrator. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Executive Director John Ryan told the AP, ”we refer to each of these images as a crime scene photo because that’s exactly what they are.”

 

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