Mount Pleasant Police Chief Case Child Porn Sweep Leads To Arrests

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The arrest of the Mount Pleasant Police Chief has helped lead authorities to the arrest of 70 internet porn suspects in the New York City area.
The arrest of the Mount Pleasant Police Chief has helped lead authorities to the arrest of 70 internet porn suspects in the New York City area. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The recent arrest of Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli on federal charges of distributing and receiving child pornography has led to a five-week investigation and 70 arrests by authorities in the the New York City area.

New York City Police and Undercover Department of Homeland Security Investigators have identified and arrested dozens of suspects including a rabbi, a little league coach and  law enforcement and security officers using a website to solicit suspects, according to NBC New York and other reports.

The investigation showed that the suspects allegedly uploaded or file-shared the illicit pictures without knowing they were doing so on a law enforcement website, authorities said.

Fanelli pleaded not guilty this week to federal charges. He allegedly told investigators he began looking at child porn as research before it grew into a "personal interest."

Authorities said the victims of the recent arrests who were sexually exploited and photographed range in age from an infant to 17 years old.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is aiding in the ongoing investigation, using its analysts to help identify children using databases of known victims.

"We refer to each of these images as a crime scene photo because that's exactly what they are,'' John Ryan, the organization's chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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Wait a minute.. Did I just read the "suspects" uploaded pornography from a Federal web site?...Yes I just went back to re read this "The investigation showed that the suspects allegedly uploaded or file-shared the illicit pictures without knowing they were doing so on a law enforcement website, authorities said. "---My head is spinning...so whoever created that web site should be arrested right? There s something terribly wrong with that...Exploiting children to catch people who look at exploited children is so wrong. And no I am not an advocate for porn, just don't like to see justice perverted

I can not belive you, How do you think you are going to catch someone doing something wrong?? Oh lets see i am going to ask around the schoolyard, the baseball game?? Yes this is what the feds, Homeland security, and your local police department dose, How do you think you catch a drug dealer? You sell them drugs, and on and on.
I find it very disturbing that people are as naive as and you would think this is wrong, we need to catch these people to stop these people!!

IT IS A GOOD MOVE FROM THE PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STOP PORNOGRAPHY. STOP ABUSING CHILDREN FOR PERSONAL USE. TIME TO THINK ABOUT BANNING PORNOGRAPHY OF ALL NATURE AND PROSECUTE ALL THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED, AND GIVE THEM MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT.