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U.S. child-porn bust started in Ottawa

<p>A child pornography case opened by Ottawa Police investigators in December ended with an arrest yesterday in Kentucky.</p>

Kentucky man in custody


A child pornography case opened by Ottawa Police investigators in December ended with an arrest yesterday in Kentucky.





James McIntire, 25, of Louisville, Kentucky was charged by a federal grand jury with transporting, receiving and possession of child pornography following an investigation sparked by a city police investigator who came across child pornography images while monitoring an online chat group, and traced them to Louisville.





“We do a lot of proactive policing online,” said Detective Andrew Thompson, of Ottawa Police’s High Tech Crime Unit. “We hit chat groups where pedophiles or people trying to exploit children hang out. If we see something illegal, we’ll package it up into a case and fire it off to the jurisdiction it’s supposed to go to.”





Ottawa Police have contributed to several international arrests. “You name a country and we’ve sent a file there and have arrests,” Thompson said.





In this case, the information was given to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to Western Kentucky District Attorney David L. Huber, 57 per cent of the child pornography cases they prosecute federally begin at a local level.





“And the reason is everybody is out there in chat rooms investigating and looking for these people,” said Huber.





“People need to know that we are monitoring the Internet for people exploiting children,” said Thompson. “When it comes to child exploitation, we’ll promote that we are catching people.”















second time Canada helps


  • In May, a Hardyville, Kentucky man was arrested after allegedly trading child porn with an undercover RCMP investigator.


 
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