4 Tyler children linked to international child porn ring

Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 18:52 - Written by

Staff Reports

 

Four Tyler children are linked to a child pornography ring, spanning 39 states and five countries, which the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Custom's Enforcement and other entities have busted, according to a news release.

Fourteen men operating a child pornography website on the Darknet’s Onion Router, also known as Tor, have been arrested and charged as part of conspiracy to operate a child exploitation enterprise.

The arrests followed an extensive international investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and others.

All were in federal custody. None of the men charged are from Texas. 

Special agents from Dallas identified 15 victims throughout north Texas as part of this operation.  Five of these victims were identified from Dallas, four from Tyler, three from Lubbock, two from San Angelo and one from Amarillo.

So far, investigators have identified 251 minor victims in 39 states and five foreign countries: 228 in the United States and 23 in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium. Eight of the victims were female and 243 were male.

The majority of victims, 159, were 13 to 15 years old. Fifty-nine victims were 16 and 17; 26 victims were 10 to 12; four victims were 7 to 9; one victim was 4 to 6; and two victims were 3 years old or younger.

All victims have been contacted by law enforcement and U.S. victims offered support services from HSI victim assistance specialists.