Fourteen Charged in Online Child Exploitation Network

By: Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
By: Eric Tucker, The Associated Press

Washington, D.C. Federal authorities say they've arrested 14 people in connection with an online child exploitation network that operated in the United States and overseas.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other officials announced the arrests Tuesday. They say the network involved roughly 250 child victims in 39 states and five countries. Most were boys between the ages of 13 and 15.

Johnson says the investigation disrupted a subscription-based website of more than 27,000 members who were involved in producing and distributing child pornography images.

Authorities say the alleged leader of the operation, Jonathan Johnson, 27, has admitted creating multiple fake female personas to entice boys to produce sexually explicit images of themselves. Jonathan Johnson has been in federal custody since his arrest June 13, 2013, and faces 20 years to life in prison.

Eleven of the 14 defendants have been charged in Louisiana. The three remaining defendants are in other states.

The other 13 arrests include:

Daniel Nolan Devor, 39, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors;

John C. Foster, 44 of Tipp City, Ohio, charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors;

Aung Gaw aka Michael Gaw, 25, of Fremont, Calif., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography;

Sean Jabbar, 32, of Minneapolis, Minn., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Christopher Jamieson, 30, of Douglasville, Ga., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Andrew Korpal, 29, of Granger, Ind., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Wash., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Christopher Schwab, 25 of New Orleans, charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography; and

Stanley Zdon, III, 27, of Tuckerton, N.J., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography.

Roy Naim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged in the Eastern District of New York with conspiracy to produce child pornography, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

Minh Vi Thong, 30, of Denver, Colo., was charged in the District of Colorado with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

Michael Eales, 24, of Westby, Wis., was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with production of child pornography. He was sentenced Oct. 29, 2013, to serve two concurrent 30-year terms in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for manufacturing child pornography.


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