Crime

Rabbi, Scout Leader, Cops Among 70 Arrested In NYC Child Porn Ring

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Authorities arrested at least 70 men and one woman in connection with a New York City area child pornography ring.

Officials say a rabbi, law enforcement and security officers, a Boy Scout leader, a little league coach and the mother of an infant were among those charged with the anonymous trade of child porn over the Internet.

An investigation was launched after the former police chief of suburban Mount Pleasant, Brian Fanelli, was arrested in January. Fanelli pleaded not guilty this week to federal charges of knowingly receiving and distributing child pornography.

Investigators seized nearly 600 desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices, where a total of 175 terabytes of child porn was being stored, the Washington Post reported.

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Authorities say victims range from age 17 to less than a year old. Files are still being examined and cataloged as evidence.

Images will be reviewed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to try to identify the victims.

“We refer to each of these images as a crime scene photo because that’s exactly what they are,” John Ryan, the center’s chief executive officer, told The Post.

Sources: Washington Post, NCB New York