US says international child porn ring broken up

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 15, 2010 06:15

LOS ANGELES — An international child pornography ring that spanned three continents and required members to post explicit images on a secure Internet message board has been dismantled with the arrests of more than a dozen people, authorities said Tuesday.

The investigation led to the closure of the so-called "Lost Boy" bulletin board in January 2009 and identified suspects from Germany to New Zealand. Investigators said the network of 35 men traded and posted pictures of young boys either naked or engaging in unlawful sex.

"Lost Boy" members came from varying backgrounds. One was a pediatrician, another was a lawyer, and several were registered sex offenders.


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