domenica 18 dicembre 2016


Bloomfield Township police are warning parents about some recent “sextortion” attempts involving a popular messaging app called Kik

Internet crimes against children are p 200 percent from 2013 to 2014. Apps like Kik make it easier for predators to connect with unsuspecting children.
“We’ve had a couple of incidents over the past few weeks,” Detective Lt. Dan Edwards said. “We want parents to know about it because many of these types of cases involve younger kids who are experimenting.”
The  app has become the latest choice of online predators because it allows users to communicate anonymously and send photo and videos.
On Dec. 9, police took a report about an extortion attempt involving a 24-year-old victim who connected with an unknown person through Kik. After a brief texting conversation, the victim shared compromising photos with the person.
That’s when the blackmailing began.
Edwards said the unknown suspect demanded the victim’s credit card numbers, threatening to post the photos on the victim’s Facebook page if the information wasn’t sent. Instead, the victim’s parents discovered what was happening and filed the police report.
No arrests were made, nor do police have any information about the suspect. Investigators might have been able to track down an address if the victim had sent some type of payment. But in many of these online fraud cases, police say, the perpetrators are operating from another country.

Bloomfield Twp. police warn of 'sextortion' attempts on popular app Jay Grossman December 16, 2016

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) – A Seekonk man has been convicted of two counts of interstate stalking in a federal sextortion case.

David Ackell, 48, was accused of threatening to send explicit photos of a teenage girl to her family and friends if she didn’t do what he wanted.

According to a press release from the New Hampshire U.S. Attorney’s office, the jury deliberated for four hours before returning their verdict. The trial began on Tuesday.

The victim – who was 16 when she first made contact with Ackell – was from New Hampshire.

Ackell was indicted in July 2015 and will be sentenced on April 17.

The charge of interstate cyberstalking carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years supervised release and a fine of $250,000, according to the press release.

Ackell has been released pending the sentencing hearing.

According to court files obtained by Target 12, Ackell met the girl on a “social media site.” Prosecutors said Ackell, who is a commercial airline pilot, coerced the girl to send him explicit compromising photos and engage in chats that were “sexual in nature.”

A court filing states that “the conversations became more sexually graphic” and the girl told him she was “uncomfortable and did not want to continue to send photos of herself or speak in a sexual manner.”

Prosecutors say “Ackell replied that she was his ‘slave.’”

“Ackell told [the victim] that she had to continue to send him more pictures and do exactly what he said to do or he would send the pictures she had already provided to her entire ‘friends’ list on her Instagram account,” according to court filings. Ackell said he had saved every photograph she had sent.

The girl “begged Ackell not to send the pictures to anyone, and to delete them to which he replied, ‘You’re my slave,’” the filing says.
At one point the girl told investigators she became depressed and suicidal.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Helen Fitzgibbon and Robert Kinsella prosecuted the case. Investigators from the Seekonk Police Department, FBI and the Hancock, New Hampshire, police worked the probe.
According to prosecutors, the communication went on for two years before the girl’s father discovered what was happening and brought the case to police.
Beside text messaging, investigators say Ackell used applications such as Snapchat, Kik and Whisper to communicate with the girl.
Ackell’s attorney did not return a phone call or email for comment and no one came to the door at his Lake Street home when a reporter paid a visit earlier this week.
Emails to the airline Ackell works for have not been returned and it is unclear if he is still flying.

Seekonk man convicted in federal sextortion case Tim White December 16, 2016 

Avon man sentenced in Indiana's biggest sextortion case targeting young girls  SANDRA CHAPMAN 03/24/16

POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A Cape Coral man has been arrested and charged with sextortion.
According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Lucas Bales, 25, is accused using KIK to harass two young girls in Polk County.
Bales used the screen name, "Daddy," and username "swflguy239."
He told an 11-year-old girl that he was going to post her home address on the Internet, ask people to come rape her, set her house on fire, or hurt her, unless the girl sent him nude photos and videos of herself, according to the arrest affidavit.
The girl told her father, who called police and tried to engage with Bales.  
Detectives were able to located another 12-year-old in Polk County who was being threatened and extorted by ".Daddy."
The victims did not send the suspect any photos.
On Wednesday, deputies arrested Bales at his home in Cape Coral.
Detectives seized Bales' cell phone, laptop, desktop computer, and PlayStation gaming system. 
During a preliminary search of Bales' electronic devices, detectives found messages where Bales was threatening and extorting the girls, and soliciting them for nude photos. 
Bales faces a long list of charges, including extortion or threats and aggravated stalking a minor.
He will be extradited to Polk County at a later date.
"There are people out there, all over the world, trying to prey upon our kids," Horstman said. "There are predators like this guy, trying to get a hold of your child and trying to get images, videos or even worse from your kids, so the first thing you can do is be that first line of defense."
Polk County Sheriff' Grady Judd agrees.
"Here is another very scary example of how predators are victimizing your children on the Internet and via cell phones," Judd said. 
"This is also another shining example of how parents are the first line of defense against child predators. This young girl did the right thing by immediately reporting the crime to her father, and he did the right thing by immediately reporting it to us. We hope there are no other victims out there, but if you have been contacted by Lucas Bales, we urge you to contact PCSO or Cape Coral Police." 

Myers is said to have used a new twist on the extortion trick. Normally a predator like this would threaten their victims or the victims’ families with violence if they didn’t comply with their requests. 
Myers, on the other hand, threatened to kill himself if his victims did not comply. He is even said to have gone as far as keeping a photo on his phone of himself holding a shotgun in his mouth. He reported used this trick mostly on Kik in the sexual assault of at least three different victims in Jefferson, Weld and Denver counties. His victims range from ages 13 to 16. In each case Myers is accused of either forcing himself on them or attempting to. Myers was also said to have been in possession of several explicit pictures of underage girls.
Normally, this is where I go on about how Kik is just crawling with sex offenders and pedophiles, and I guess I just did, but the article brings up a great tip about your kids’ electronic devices. It recommends that you may want to consider taking your kids’ devices away at night. Some of you may say that you trust your child too much to do that and that’s fine, but do you trust whoever they’re talking to on the other side?

Kik kreeper threatens suicide in sextortion plot 

Sheriff Grady Judd: Georgia man used Kik app for sextortion against Polk County girl, 13 WFTS Webteam, Jacqueline Ingles Nov 13, 2015 

The suspected mastermind behind a global internet sex scam that caused the suicide of a British teenager is a rich former slum dweller from the Philippines known as the Queen of Sextortion, Mail Online has discovered.

Single mother Maria Cecilia Caparas-Regalachuelo – who just 10 years ago lived in one of Manila's worst areas – is the matriarch of a syndicate in the northern Philippines that has blackmailed thousands of foreigners after taking naked videos of them during online sex chats.

Using a Fagin's band of urchins including girls as young as 12, Caparas is believed to have amassed a fortune by getting her gang members to threaten to post naked footage of victims on Facebook after persuading them to strip.

Her rabble of unlikely cyber-criminals in flip-flops working from dirt-poor towns and villages in the Bulacan province north of Manila, in the Philippines, is blamed for the suicide of 17-year-old Daniel Perry from Dumfermline in Scotland.

The trainee mechanic thought he was chatting online to a girl in the US and was told by his online tormentors he would be 'better off dead' as they demanded money shortly before he leapt to his death from the Forth Road Bridge in 2013.

Caparas, 37, was arrested with dozens of other gang members in a 2014 Interpol swoop following Daniel's death.

She is suspected to have used her wealth and connections to bribe her way out of prison and continue her sextortion racket before being arrested again this September.

She is now in custody awaiting trial for child abuse and trafficking while one of her 22-year-old gang members, Archie Gian Tolin, has since gone into hiding in the Philippines, evading his extradition to Britain over Daniel's death. 

Her gang's activities are thought to have contributed to a surge in 'sextortion' cases in Britain with four more suicides in the past year and a doubling of reported cases from 385 in 2015 to 864 so far this year.

The Slumdog Millionairess – described by one neighbour as uneducated but extremely cunning – is thought to be the pioneer of the sinister form of online blackmail dramatised in the TV series Black Mirror and now used by other gangs based in Morocco and the Ivory Coast.

MailOnline tracked down the home of Caparas to a remote village called North Hills, north of Manila, where her home was guarded by a ragamuffin band of young men who hid their faces from our cameras.

Ironically, Caparas presents herself as a deeply religious woman despite the appalling crimes she is accused of. 

She has a crucifix on her front door and when arrested in September wore a t-shirt with the slogan: 'In the happy moments, praise God. In the difficult moments, seek God.'

Caparas was relocated to North Hills with her four children when the Manila slum where they lived was demolished 10 years ago. 

She is now the wealthiest and most powerful resident of the village of 1,000 people, according to neighbours. 
She owns a sprawling two-storey block dominating the village centre which has been converted in the past five years into a honey-trap for local youngsters with a basketball ring opposite its entrance and a gym and a billiards room on its upper floors.

The billiards room is lined with 19 cyber-café style coin-operated computer cubicles and is thought to have been the unlikely headquarters of her criminal enterprise, recruiting English-speaking youngsters to seduce and blackmail foreign men online.

As we entered the billiards hall, young men playing pool hurriedly covered their faces and scuttled awkwardly away, refusing to answer any questions about Caparas.

They then locked the hall and hurried off into the village, leaving only a gaggle of grubby young children behind.

All computer hard drives were seized when police from the Manila-based Cybercrime unit swooped in September, residents told us.

They also arrested a nephew of Caparas, Mark Andrey Rafol Sesaldo, who is accused of helping her run the Cybercrime network.

Incredibly, despite her two high-profile arrests, which have seen her nicknamed the 'Queen of Sextortion' by local newspapers, village leaders claim to know little about her activities and have taken no follow-up action to warn parents or youngsters about her alleged operations. 

'Everyone knows what happened but no one will talk to you about it,' said the owner of a café near her home, who asked not to be named. 

'She is in jail but this is the Philippines and she has money. We all believe she will be free and back home soon once the fuss has died down.'

Asked if village parents were concerned about the activities at her house, the café owner said: 'This is a poor village and many people made money from Caparas – not just the young people but their parents as well.'

When she was arrested, Caparas protested that she was just a businesswoman and pointed out that she had just opened a bottled water shop on the ground floor of her home in North Hills. 'I hope the police will treat me fairly,' she told a local TV crew.

Luzviminda Espiritu, chairwoman of the neighbourhood or 'barangay' committee, told Mail Online Caparas had been penniless when she moved to North Hills with her children 10 years ago after being relocated from a Manila slum.

'She was given a simple home here when she arrived but she has since gone on to become a successful businesswoman,' she said. 

'We don't know much about what she does and we were very shocked when she was arrested.

'We haven't had a single complaint brought to us by parents of children. We have many homes in this barangay. Our police officers patrol every day but they can't always see what goes on inside people's houses.

The billiards hall where the computer terminals were found was set up by Caparas four years ago, Ms Espiritu said. However local police knew nothing of her activities, she said, and Caparas was arrested both times by the Manila-based national anti-cybercrime squad.

After her 2014 arrest, police said they believed Caparas's syndicate had extorted an estimated £1.5million from thousands of victims in the US, Britain, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

There were nearly 500 victims in Hong Kong alone who paid the gang more than a combined £400,000. Individual amounts transferred by victims ranged from £200 to £15,000, police found.

Youngsters working for Caparas allegedly worked in three days shifts making contacts with foreigners and then persuading them to strip and perform sex acts in front of their computers which were then recorded and used to blackmail them.

Interpol revealed how children working for the gang, which operated at an 'almost industrial scale', would be offered training and incentives including 'holidays, cash or mobile phones for reaching their financial targets'.

They could earn hundreds of pounds in a week shift, police said – a fortune in a rural area where the average daily wage is £5 a day and the main employer is a cement factory in the nearby town of San Jose Del Monte.

One underage girl was allegedly paid more than £1,000 for three days of 'chatting' work online luring paedophiles for Caparas's syndicate to blackmail.

As well as her home village, police believe Caparas ran another sextortion gang in San Jose Del Monte. One of her daughters allegedly owned two Western Union money-transfer offices in the district where victims were ordered to send their blackmail money.

Caparas is accused of setting up her money-spinning internet sex scams by taking advantage of the Philippines' high standards of English in the poverty-racked district where groups of unsupervised children run wild.

Other victims of sextortion gangs in the Philippines include 52-year-old Chicago politician Ron Sandack who stepped down abruptly after paying US$3,000 to blackmailers. He went to police when his blackmailers demanded a further US$5,000, state documents show.

Senior Superintendent Ronaldo De Jesus, head of the Philippines National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group which arrested Caparas, told Mail Online many foreign victims who thought they were talking to women online were unwittingly exchanging messages with teenage men.

Showing a surprising level of sophistication, syndicate members engage men in sex talk then show pre-recorded videos of women stripping and performing sex acts before persuading victims to do the same so they can record their acts.

If they refuse to pay up, the blackmailers sometimes threaten to tell friends and family members the victim was performing sex acts with an underage boy or girl even if the victim believed he was communicating with someone older.

'It is a growing crime here in the Philippines and it is driven by poverty,' said Snr Supt De Jesus who has a team of 100 Manila-based officers working with Interpol to tackle the sextortion epidemic. But new sextortion gangs are springing up in provinces nationwide, he said.

Snr Supt De Jesus said the most harrowing part of his team's work was seeing underage children sometimes as young as eight forced to take part in the cybersex industry by their parents. 'It is very hard to understand how any parent can do this to their child,' he said.

Caparas has been charged with child abuse and trafficking – charges that relate to her use of underage children to blackmail foreign victims. Underage girls were allegedly used in some cases as bait and in others as a way to threaten victims when blackmail demands are not met.

Snr Supt De Jesus insisted that Caparas would remain behind bars until her case is brought to trial, saying the offences she was charged with are so serious. 'She will not be given bail,' he said.

An international arrest warrant was issued in February for Archie Gian Tolin, one of three gang members accused of targeting Daniel Perry. He was among 58 people including Caparas arrested in 2014.

Inside the sleazy Filipino internet den where 'Queen of Sextortion' arrested over British teen's suicide 'made fortune duping men into stripping for cybersex and then blackmailing them' Simon Parry Mailonline 9 December 2016 

Man who 'sextorted' 155 teenage boys into sending him nude pictures gets two years wiped from a 40-year prison sentence for sharing jail conversations he had with Jacob Wetterling's killer 30 November 2016

Shocking rise of 'sextortion': Number of cases has DOUBLED in a year and crime linked to four suicides STEVE ROBSON30 NOV 2016

FBI searching for hundreds of teen victims in sextortion case DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer 

Thousands of young women in conservative societies across North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia are being shamed and blackmailed with private and sometimes sexually explicit images. Last Tuesday, additional session judge, Lahore, handed down two-year imprisonment to accused Yasir Lateef, a painter by profession, and also imposed a fine of Rs30,000 on charges of uploading objectionable pictures of a female schoolteacher of a small village in Kharian on her Facebook account after hacking it in order to blackmail her. This case of Yasir Lateef looks at how smartphones and social media are colliding head-on with traditional notions of honour and shame in our society. 

Standing up against ‘sextortion’ 
Dr Fawad Kaiser

Two veiled Nepali women who reported to police that they were sexually exploited by a Saudi official while working as domestic laborers walk outside Nepal's embassy in New Delhi, India, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Immigration officers have been caught exchanging sex for a green card or approval of a refugee application. United Nations peacekeepers have bartered relief goods for sex. Teachers have demanded sex in exchange for good grades. Nine out of ten women working in Tanzania’s public sector reported that senior male officials had used their positions of power to extort sexual favors from them. There is a growing prevalence of online threats, including blackmail and coercion, in the United States and elsewhere.
Sexual extortion, or what law enforcement officials commonly call sextortion, is a type of corruption in which “sex rather than money is the currency of the bribe,” and it affects women and girls (and some men and boys) around the world. Despite its prevalence, it’s rarely prosecuted (as either corruption or a sexual crime), it’s less likely to be reported than other forms of corruption, and it’s not tracked by most corruption measures. Greater public attention is needed to address sextortion as a serious crime that causes physical and mental harm and undermines confidence in public institutions.

Fighting Corruption by Combating Sexual Extortion  Jamille Bigio and Lauren Hoffman December 9, 2016

Social Media Sextortion 30 novembre 2016

"Lost Innocence": pedofiilo seriale ha abusato centinaia di minori 8 dicembre 2016

Mohamed Igal, 23, manipulated his "vulnerable" victim under the social media nickname “Wavey CJ” after meeting her on an estate in Southwark.
She had recently moved to the capital from overseas to live with her family.
Igal, a Dutch national, repeatedly raped the girl between July 2010 and May 2011, before she moved away from the area, a trial at Woolwich Crown Court heard.
His victim found the courage to come forward about the abuse in 2015 when she was 15 and he had tried to contact her again.
The court heard that he had messaged her to tell her he wanted her to perform sexual acts on him.
Igal, of Harper Road, Elephant and Castle, was sentenced to seven years and nine months imprison on Friday, December 16.
He was found guilty of the rape of a female child under 13 years old by a jury on Friday, November 4 following a trial.
Detective Constable Denise Halliwell, the investigating officer from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "The victim was very courageous for someone so young.
"She came forward and with her family and wider support network she had the strength to describe to police the defendant's sexual manipulation and exploitation.”
Detective Inspector Jim Aspinall from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "This vulnerable victim had a horrendous experience at the hands of this predatory individual and I praise her for the courage she had to come forward and work with dedicated police officers to bring him to justice.”

Vile child rapist Mohamed Igal jailed for series of horrific attacks on 10-year-old girl HATTY COLLIER 16 December 2016 


Un'adolescente ha denunciato un giro di video e materiale porno utilizzato dalla camorra per vendetta

Le indagini e gli accertamenti sono partiti dopo le confessioni di un’adolescente. Una storia sporca, inquinata. Una vicenda dove il protagonista sarebbe un boss di camorra che ha strappato i sogni di ragazzine minorenni. Criminalità, debiti, materiale porno e abusi. Sono questi gli elementi che hanno lasciato a bocca aperta gli inquirenti.

 Tutto ha avuto inizio da un debito che il papà di una delle minorenni coinvolte avrebbe fatto con un noto criminale del quartiere. Il malvivente ha preteso, in mancanza del denaro, di essere pagato in altro modo, sulla pelle della figlia dell’uomo. 

Da qui è emerso un giro costituito da materiale porno che ritrae altre giovani adolescenti in atteggiamenti erotici molto hot e sessualmente espliciti. Non è ancora chiaro chi di queste sia stata costretta oppure no, quello che sembrerebbe certo è che un gruppo di giovanissimi avrebbe organizzato serate molto hard e spinte

Camorra, porno e minori: l’oscuro intreccio che travolge il Rione Traiano Dicembre 20, 2016

Attorneys from a "porn trolling collective" have been charged for their roles in a multimillion-dollar scheme in which they served fraudulent copyright violation notices on internet users who illegally downloaded pornography.
The Department of Justice said in a statement that Paul R. Hansmeier from Minnesota and John L. Steele of Florida were charged in an 18-count indictment for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, substantive wire fraud and mail fraud, concealment money laundering and conspiracy to commit and suborn perjury.
Both lawyers were key figures in Chicago-based firm Prenda Law, which they used to pursue these bogus lawsuits. The firm was described as a "porno-trolling collective during a 2013 court ruling in California where sanctions were imposed against the defendants.

The 13-year-old boy sat in his California home, eyes fixed on a computer screen. He had never run with the popular crowd and long ago had turned to the Internet for the friends he craved. But on this day, Justin Berry's fascination with cyberspace would change his life.
Weeks before, Justin had hooked up a Web camera to his computer, hoping to use it to meet other teenagers online. Instead, he heard only from men who chatted with him by instant message as they watched his image on the Internet. To Justin, they seemed just like friends, ready with compliments and always offering gifts.
Now, on an afternoon in 2000, one member of his audience sent a proposal: he would pay Justin $50 to sit bare-chested in front of his Webcam for three minutes. The man explained that Justin could receive the money instantly and helped him open an account on, an online payment system.
"I figured, I took off my shirt at the pool for nothing," he said recently. "So, I was kind of like, what's the difference?"
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Justin removed his T-shirt. The men watching him oozed compliments.
So began the secret life of a teenager who was lured into selling images of his body on the Internet over the course of five years. From the seduction that began that day, this soccer-playing honor roll student was drawn into performing in front of the Webcam -- undressing, showering, masturbating and even having sex -- for an audience of more than 1,500 people who paid him, over the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Justin's dark coming-of-age story is a collateral effect of recent technological advances. Minors, often under the online tutelage of adults, are opening for-pay pornography sites featuring their own images sent onto the Internet by inexpensive Webcams. And they perform from the privacy of home, while parents are nearby, beyond their children's closed bedroom doors.
The business has created youthful Internet pornography stars -- with nicknames like Riotboyy, Miss Honey and Gigglez -- whose images are traded online long after their sites have vanished. In this world, adolescents announce schedules of their next masturbation for customers who pay fees for the performance or monthly subscription charges. Eager customers can even buy "private shows," in which teenagers sexually perform while following real-time instructions.
A six-month investigation by The New York Times into this corner of the Internet found that such sites had emerged largely without attracting the attention of law enforcement or youth protection organizations. While experts with these groups said they had witnessed a recent deluge of illicit, self-generated Webcam images, they had not known of the evolution of sites where minors sold images of themselves for money.
"We've been aware of the use of the Webcam and its potential use by exploiters," said Ernest E. Allen, chief executive of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a private group. "But this is a variation on a theme that we haven't seen. It's unbelievable."
Minors who run these sites find their anonymity amusing, joking that their customers may be the only adults who know of their activities. It is, in the words of one teenage site operator, the "Webcam Matrix," a reference to the movie in which a computerized world exists without the knowledge of most of humanity.
In this virtual universe, adults hunt for minors on legitimate sites used by Webcam owners who post contact information in hopes of attracting friends. If children respond to messages, adults spend time "grooming" them -- with praise, attention and gifts -- before seeking to persuade them to film themselves pornographically.
The lure is the prospect of easy money. Many teenagers solicit "donations," request gifts through sites like or negotiate payments, while a smaller number charge monthly fees. But there are other beneficiaries, including businesses, some witting and some unwitting, that provide services to the sites like Web hosting and payment processing.
Not all victims profit, with some children ending up as pornographic commodities inadvertently, even unknowingly. Adolescents have appeared naked on their Webcams as a joke, or as presents for boyfriends or girlfriends, only to have their images posted on for-pay pornography sites. One Web site proclaims that it features 140,000 images of "adolescents in cute panties exposing themselves on their teen Webcams."
Entry into this side of cyberspace is simplicity itself. Webcams cost as little as $20, and the number of them being used has mushroomed to 15 million, according to IDC, an industry consulting group. At the same time, instant messaging programs have become ubiquitous, and high-speed connections, allowing for rapid image transmission, are common.
The scale of Webcam child pornography is unknown, because it is new and extremely secretive. One online portal that advertises for-pay Webcam sites, many of them pornographic, lists at least 585 sites created by teenagers, internal site records show. At one computer bulletin board for adults attracted to adolescents, a review of postings over the course of a week revealed Webcam image postings of at least 98 minors.
The Times inquiry has already resulted in a large-scale criminal investigation. In June, The Times located Justin Berry, then 18. In interviews, Justin revealed the existence of a group of more than 1,500 men who paid for his online images, as well as evidence that other identifiable children as young as 13 were being actively exploited.
In a series of meetings, The Times persuaded Justin to abandon his business and, to protect other children at risk, assisted him in contacting the Justice Department. Arrests and indictments of adults he identified as pornography producers and traffickers began in September. Investigators are also focusing on businesses, including credit card processors that have aided illegal sites. Anyone who has created, distributed, marketed, possessed or paid to view such pornography is open to a criminal charge.
"The fact that we are getting so many potential targets, people who knowingly bought into a child pornographic Web site, could lead to hundreds of other subjects and potentially save hundreds of other kids that we are not aware of yet," said Monique Winkis, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who is working the case.
Law enforcement officials also said that, with the cooperation of Justin, they had obtained a rare guide into this secluded online world whose story illuminates the exploitation that takes place there.
"I didn't want these people to hurt any more kids," Justin said recently of his decision to become a federal witness. "I didn't want anyone else to live the life I lived."
A High-Tech Transformation
Not long ago, the distribution of child pornography in America was a smallish trade, relegated to back rooms and corners where even the proprietors of X-rated bookstores refused to loiter.
By the mid-1980's, however, technology had transformed the business, with pedophiles going online to communicate anonymously and post images through rudimentary bulletin board systems. As Internet use boomed in the 1990's, these adults honed their computer skills, finding advanced ways to meet online and swap illegal photos; images once hard to obtain were suddenly available with the click of a mouse.
As the decade drew to a close, according to experts and records of online conversations, these adults began openly fantasizing of the day they would be able to reach out to children directly, through instant messaging and live video, to obtain the pornography they desired.
Their dream was realized with the Web camera, which transformed online pornography the way the automobile changed transportation. At first, the cameras, some priced at more than $100, offered little more than grainy snapshots, "refreshed" a few times per minute. But it was not long before easy-to-use $20 Webcams could transmit high-quality continuous color video across the globe instantly.
By 2000, things had worked out exactly the way the pedophiles hoped. Webcams were the rage among computer-savvy minors, creating a bountiful selection of potential targets.
Among them was Justin Berry. That year, he was a gangly 13-year-old with saucer eyes and brown hair that he often dyed blond. He lived with his mother, stepfather and younger sister in Bakersfield, Calif., a midsize city about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Already he was so adept at the computer that he had registered his own small Web site development business, which he ran from the desk where he did his schoolwork.
So Justin was fascinated when a friend showed off the free Webcam he had received for joining Earthlink, an Internet service provider. The device was simple and elegant. As Justin remembers it, he quickly signed up, too, eager for his own Webcam.
"I didn't really have a lot of friends," he recalled, "and I thought having a Webcam might help me make some new ones online, maybe even meet some girls my age."
As soon as Justin hooked the camera to his bedroom computer and loaded the software, his picture was automatically posted on, an Internet directory of Webcam users, along with his contact information. Then he waited to hear from other teenagers.
No one Justin's age ever contacted him from that listing. But within minutes he heard from his first online predator. That man was soon followed by another, then another.
Justin remembers his earliest communications with these men as nonthreatening, pleasant encounters. There were some oddities -- men who pretended to be teenage girls, only to slip up and reveal the truth later -- but Justin enjoyed his online community.
His new friends were generous. One explained how to put together a "wish list" on, where Justin could ask for anything, including computer equipment, toys, music CD's or movies. Anyone who knew his wish-list name -- Justin Camboy -- could buy him a gift. Amazon delivered the presents without revealing his address to the buyers.
The men also filled an emotional void in Justin's life. His relationship with his father, Knute Berry, was troubled. His parents divorced when he was young; afterward, police records show, there were instances of reported abuse. On one occasion Mr. Berry was arrested and charged with slamming Justin's head into a wall, causing an injury that required seven staples in his scalp. Although Justin testified against him, Mr. Berry said the injury was an accident and was acquitted. He declined to comment in a telephone interview.
The emotional turmoil left Justin longing for paternal affection, family members said. And the adult males he met online offered just that. "They complimented me all the time," Justin said. "They told me I was smart, they told me I was handsome."
In that, experts said, the eighth-grade boy's experience reflected the standard methods used by predatory adults to insinuate themselves into the lives of minors they meet online.
"In these cases, there are problems in their own lives that make them predisposed to" manipulation by adults, Lawrence Likar, a former F.B.I. supervisor, said of children persuaded to pose for pornography. "The predators know that and are able to tap into these problems and offer what appear to be solutions."
Justin's mother, Karen Page, said she sensed nothing out of the ordinary. Her son seemed to be just a boy talented with computers who enjoyed speaking to friends online. The Webcam, as she saw it, was just another device that would improve her son's computer skills, and maybe even help him on his Web site development business.
"Everything I ever heard was that children should be exposed to computers and given every opportunity to learn from them," Ms. Page said in an interview.
She never guessed that one of her son's first lessons after turning on his Webcam was that adults would eagerly pay him just to disrobe a little.
The Instant Audience
It was as if the news shot around the Web. By appearing on camera bare-chested, Justin sent an important message: here was a boy who would do things for money.
Gradually the requests became bolder, the cash offers larger: More than $100 for Justin to pose in his underwear. Even more if the boxers came down. The latest request was always just slightly beyond the last, so that each new step never struck him as considerably different. How could adults be so organized at manipulating young people with Webcams?
Unknown to Justin, they honed their persuasive skills by discussing strategy online, sharing advice on how to induce their young targets to go further at each stage.
Moreover, these adults are often people adept at manipulating teenagers. In its investigation, The Times obtained the names and credit card information for the 1,500 people who paid Justin to perform on camera, and analyzed the backgrounds of 300 of them nationwide. A majority of the sample consisted of doctors and lawyers, businessmen and teachers, many of whom work with children on a daily basis.
Not long ago, adults sexually attracted to children were largely isolated from one another. But the Internet has created a virtual community where they can readily communicate and reinforce their feelings, experts said. Indeed, the messages they send among themselves provide not only self-justification, but also often blame minors with Webcam sites for offering temptation.
"These kids are the ones being manipulative," wrote an adult who called himself Upandc in a posting this year to a bulletin board for adults attracted to children.
Or, as an adult who called himself DLW wrote: "Did a sexual predator MAKE them make a site? No. Did they decide to do it for themselves? Yes."
Tempting as it may be for some in society to hold the adolescent Webcam operators responsible, experts in the field say that is misguided, because it fails to recognize the control that adults exercise over highly impressionable minors.
"The world will want to blame the kids, but the reality is, they are victims here," said Mr. Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
But there is no doubt that the minors cash in on their own exploitation. With Justin, for example, the road to cyberporn stardom was paved with cool new equipment. When his growing legion of fans complained about the quality of his Webcam, he put top-rated cameras and computer gear on his Amazon wish list, and his fans rushed to buy him all of it.
A $35 Asante four-port hub, which allowed for the use of multiple cameras, was bought by someone calling himself Wesley Taylor, Amazon receipts show. For $45, a fan nicknamed tuckertheboy bought a Viking memory upgrade to speed up Justin's broadcast. And then there were cameras -- a $60 color Webcam by Hawking Technologies from banjo000; a $60 Intel Deluxe USB camera from boyking12; and a $150 Hewlett-Packard camera from eplayernine.
Justin's desk became a high-tech playhouse. To avoid suspicions, he hid the Webcams behind his desk until nighttime. Whenever his mother asked about his new technology and money, Justin told her they were fruits of his Web site development business. In a way, it was true; with one fan's help, he had by then opened his own pornographic Web site, called
His mother saw little evidence of a boy in trouble. Justin's grades stayed good -- mostly A's and B's, although his school attendance declined as he faked illness to spend time with his Webcam.
As he grew familiar with the online underground, Justin learned he was not alone in the business. Other teenagers were doing the same things, taking advantage of an Internet infrastructure of support that was perfectly suited to illicit business.
As a result, while it helped to have Justin's computer skills, even minors who fumbled with technology could operate successful pornography businesses. Yahoo, America Online and MSN were starting to offer free instant message services that contained embedded ability to transmit video, with no expertise required. The programs were offered online, without parental controls. No telltale credit card numbers or other identifying information was necessary. In minutes, any adolescent could have a video and text system up and running, without anyone knowing, a fact that concerns some law enforcement officials.
There were also credit card processing services that handled payments without requiring tax identification numbers. There were companies that helped stream live video onto the Internet -- including one in Indiana that offered the service at no charge if the company president could watch free. And there were sites -- portals, in the Web vernacular -- that took paid advertising from teenage Webcam addresses and allowed fans to vote for their favorites.
Teenagers, hungry for praise, compete for rankings on the portals as desperately as contestants on TV reality shows, offering special performances in exchange for votes. "Everyone please vote me a 10 on my cam site," a girl nicknamed Thunderrockracin told her subscribers in 2002, "and I will have a live sleep cam!"
In other words, she would let members watch her sleep if they boosted her up the rankings.
Fearing the Fans
Justin began to feel he belonged to something important, a broad community of teenagers with their own businesses. Some he knew by their real names, others by the screen names they used for their sites -- Strider, Stoner, Kitty, Calvin, Emily, Seth and so on. But collectively, they were known by a name now commonplace in this Internet subculture:
They call themselves "camwhores."
Justin chatted with the boys online, and sometimes persuaded the girls to masturbate on camera while he did the same. Often, he heard himself compared to Riotboyy, another young-looking teenager whose site had experienced as many as 6,400 hits in a single week.
In conversations with Justin, other minors with for-pay sites admitted to being scared of certain fans. Some adults wrote things like "It wants to possess you." They had special wardrobe requests for the adolescents: in jeans with a belt, without a belt, with a lacy bra, showing legs, showing feet, wearing boxers with an erection, and others.
One 16-year-old who called himself hot boyy 23 finally found the entreaties too much. "Hey guys," he wrote when he shut down his site, "I'm sorry, there are just too many freaks out there for me. I need to live a more normal life, too. I might be back someday and I might not. I'm sorry I had to ruin all the fun."
It was not only the minors operating Webcam sites for pay who faced frightening adults. Earlier this year, a teenage girl in Alabama posed seminude on her Webcam in a sexually charged conversation with someone she thought was another teenage girl. But her new confidant, it turned out, was an adult named Julio Bardales from Napa, Calif., law enforcement officials said. And when the girl stopped complying, she received an e-mail message from Mr. Bardales containing a montage of her images. Across them was a threat in red letters that the images would be revealed unless she showed a frontal nude shot over the Webcam. Mr. Bardales was subsequently arrested. The police said he possessed images of more under-age girls on Webcams, including other montages with the same threat.
Justin says that he did not fully understand the dangers his fans posed, and before he turned 14, he was first lured from the relative safety of his home. A man he met online hosted Justin's Web site from Ann Arbor, Mich., and invited him there to attend a computer camp. Justin's mother allowed him to go, thinking the camp sounded worthwhile.
Another time, the man enticed Justin to Michigan by promising to arrange for him to have sex with a girl. Both times, Justin said, the man molested him. Transcripts of their subsequent conversations online support the accusations, and a video viewed by The Times shows that the man, who appears for a short time in the recording, also taped pornography of Justin.
From then on, Justin's personality took on a harder edge, evident in the numerous instant messages he made available to The Times. He became an aggressive negotiator of prices for his performances. Emboldened by a growing contempt for his audience, he would sometimes leave their questions unanswered for hours, just to prove to himself that they would wait for him.
"These people had no lives," Justin said. "They would never get mad."
Unnerved by menacing messages from a fan of his first site, Justin opened a new one called, an online acronym that loosely translates into "just messing with you." This time, following an idea suggested by one of his fans, he charged subscribers $45 a month. In addition, he could command large individual payments for private shows, sometimes $300 for an hourlong performance.
"What's in the hour?" inquired a subscriber named Gran0Stan in one typical exchange in 2002. "What do you do?"
"I'll do everything, if you know what I mean," Justin replied.
Gran0Stan was eager to watch, and said the price was fine. "When?" he asked.
"Tonight," Justin said. "After my mom goes to sleep."
As his obsession with the business grew, Justin became a ferocious competitor. When another under-age site operator called Strider ranked higher on a popular portal, Justin sent him anonymous e-mail messages, threatening to pass along images from Strider's site to the boy's father. The site disappeared.
"I was vicious," Justin said. "But I guess I really did Strider a favor. Looking back, I wish someone had done that to me."
By then, fans had begun offering Justin cash to meet. Gilo Tunno, a former Intel employee, gave him thousands of dollars to visit him in a Las Vegas hotel, according to financial records and other documents. There, Justin said, Mr. Tunno began a series of molestings. At least one assault was videotaped and the recording e-mailed to Justin, who has since turned it over to the F.B.I.
Mr. Tunno played another critical role in Justin's business, the records show. When he was 15, Justin worried that his mother might discover what he was doing. So he asked Mr. Tunno to sign an apartment lease for him and pay rent. Justin promised to raise money to pay a share. "I'll whore," he explained in a message to Mr. Tunno.
Mr. Tunno agreed, signing a lease for $410 a month for an apartment just down the street from Justin's house. From then on, Justin would tell his mother he was visiting friends, then head to the apartment for his next performance. Mr. Tunno, who remains under investigation in the case, is serving an eight-year federal sentence on an unrelated sexual abuse charge involving a child and could not be reached for comment.
A Hidden World
Related information is online at, including:
A video interview with Justin Berry. How this article was reported. Who Justin's subscribers were. The history of child pornography.
To report child pornography online: the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at
To report instances of child exploitation, the center's hot line is 1-800-843-5678. 

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Turner, of Bristol Road, Quedgeley, tweeted pictures and added messages using crude sexual language.
Some of the images found on his computers showed young children being raped, Gloucester Crown Court was told.
Turner admitted three offences of making indecent images of children, one of distributing indecent images and one of possessing extreme pornography showing women having sex with horses and dogs.
The offences were dated between March 2015 and May this year.
Judge Robert Linford sentenced Turner to a three-year community order with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement and an order to attend an internet sex offender programme.
Turner was also fined £200 and will have to sign the sex offender register for five years. The judge also made a five year sexual harm prevention order against him.
Judge Linford told Turner "As a result of reports to the police about concerns regarding your Twitter account they raided you and seized your computers.
"Found on them was material depicting the sexual abuse of children. You need to understand that these were real little boys and little girls who were being raped. Somewhere, in some part of the world, a child was being raped and you were getting your kicks out of it.
"This material is disgusting.
"But when arrested you did co-operate with the police. You are now receiving specialist counselling because of what you have done. Even so, you have come very close indeed to going inside today."
Juian Kesner, prosecuting, said police who had been alerted to the Twitter feed traced the account to Turner's address and raided it.
Found were seven Category A videos - the worst kind - of victims aged 9-16 being raped. There were 65 minutes of such film.
Two Category B still images of boys aged 7-12 engaged in sexual touching were also found, along with 231 Category C pictures of children
Mr Kesner said "On his Twitter account he was talking to other people, I presume men, who shared his interest in children.
"One message sent by him said 'Yeah, she's hot.' He sent some pictures with it.
"In another message he said 'Couple of pics for you. Let me know if you want to trade.'
Judge Linford told defence solicitor Sarah Jenkins that having read all the reports and references for Turner he was prepared to pass a non custodial sentence.

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