Major Porn Ring Broken Up

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Wed Aug 8 16:44:06 MDT 2001




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100 people arrested in largest child porn sting
Two-year investigation began with Fort Worth couple
08/08/2001
Associated Press

Washington – One hundred people have been arrested as part of an
undercover sting investigation into the largest known commercial child
pornography business ever uncovered, federal officials said Wednesday.
The two-year investigation began with Landslide Productions Inc., a Fort
Worth, Texas, company owned by Thomas and Janice Reedy. Authorities said
the company was at the center of an international child pornography
business that distributed lewd pictures of children having sex to
subscribers over the Internet.
The Reedys were charged in an 89-count federal indictment with conspiracy
to distribute and possession of child pornography.
Landslide grossed as much as $1.4 million in one month alone, the profits
coming from monthly fees viewers paid to access child pornography Web
sites, authorities said. Called Operation Avalanche, the undercover
operation was based on intelligence developed from the Landslide
investigation and encompassed 30 federally funded task forces formed to
combat Internet crimes against children.
"During an Operation Avalanche search, we found a collection of
videotapes produced by a suspect depicting the sexual abuse of several
young girls. One of the girls was only 4 years old," said Chief Postal
Inspector Kenneth C. Weaver.
He said the suspect had worked as a computer consultant.
Pornography also was distributed through the mail, Weaver said.
The Reedys were convicted last year on charges that included sexual
exploitation of minors and distribution of child pornography. A federal
judge on Monday sentenced Thomas Reedy, 37, to life in prison and his
32-year-old wife, Janice, to 14 years in prison.
Landslide provided a credit card verification service that admitted
customers into Web sites containing graphic pictures and videos of
children engaging in sex acts with adults and with each other, the
government charged.
Landslide charged customers $29.95 per month for access and netted more
than $1 million between 1997 and 1999, the government said.
The Web site had about 250,000 subscribers. Holmes said authorities
tracked down some of them using electronic and credit card information
gathered in an investigation conducted by the postal inspection service,
U.S. Customs Service, the FBI and the Dallas Police Department. It is
illegal to possess child pornography.
The porn sites were run by operators in Russia and Indonesia. Warrants
have been issued for their arrest.
Authorities said the Reedys kept 40 percent of the profits and gave the
operators 60 percent.
(Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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