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Aug 3, 2011 12:28 PM by Tonya LaCoste

"Dream Board" Online Child Porn Ring Dismantled

An international online child pornography ring with Louisiana ties has been dismantled. The group, known as Dream Board, spanned five continents and 14 countries. During a press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said Dream Board encouraged members to upload hard core or nude child pornography using children under 12 years old. The more pictures and video members provided, the more content they were allowed to access on the site. The defendant who started this case is originally from Arcadia, U.S. Attorney for the Western District Stephanie Finley said.

The investigation started in December 2009, and hundreds of people around the world are involved Holder said. So far 72 people have been charged and 52 people have been arrested. Thirteen of those charged have pled guilty, and four Dream Board members have been sentenced between 20 and 30 years. Members had to post new images every 50 days or face expulsion from the site, and the group had a rigid hierarchy. Members could increase their status from member to VIP, to Super VIP to Super VIP dot. Only members who created their own child porn could reach Super VIP dot status, and federal investigators said super hard core images and violent intercourse were highly valued. Some of the children were infants, and membership required the children to be in distress and crying.

KATC is gathering more information about Dream Board. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley is holding a press conference at 4:00 this afternoon. KATC will have details at 5:00 and 6:00.

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