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How Child Pornographers Got Themselves Caught

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Thankfully they're not that smart.

We should be thankful that some of the sickest people on the planet aren't savvy with their tech devices, otherwise they wouldn't be behind bars where they belong.

More often these days do we learn about used computers and cell phones that get sent away only for others to discover photographic evidence of illegal acts.

One comes from Michael Comte, a 32-year-old Tacoma resident, who allegedly donated the cell phone he used to photograph and video the molestation of a 3-year-old girl he was babysitting for a friend.

Comte donated the phone to Goodwill, where one of the foundation's workers took the phone for personal use. The Goodwill worker found the material on the phone and contacted the police. Comte pleaded not guilty and had bail set at $500,000. Read more at KiroTV.

Other instances have child pornographers sending in computers for repair. One of the latest comes from Windsor, Ontario, where a computer repair shop received a machine from 37-year-old Bryan Gregory Abbott, who allegedly had enough child pornography on it for the police to seize the PC. Read more at the Windsor Star.

Perhaps the dumbest criminal was 46-year-old Daniel J. Wagner of Sheboygan, WI who took his computer into Best Buy for repair because it has viruses and wasn't working properly. The technician assigned to fixing his machine found that this desktop wallpaper was child pornographic in nature, so he attempted to change it to something else because he was working in a public area of the store. When browsing through the My Pictures folder, the technician found 67 images of child pornography depicting children as young as 3 years old. The police arrested Wagner when he arrived back at the store to pick up his computer. Read more at Sheboyganpress.

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    cmcghee358 , July 9, 2010 2:42 PM
    The problem with these disgusting people is they are so messed up in the head they see their disease as something simple like a feet fetish. They have no concept that it harms everyone thats associated with it, including themselves.

    This is on par with the common problem of internet porn addiction. There is a supply of the disgusting material and forums/groups of people that also view it, giving the offenders a sense of belonging and acceptance with their twisted, disgusting behavior. They can't separate how regular porn is ok, but their "fetish" isn't. The worse part is, a good portion of the children that are molested grow up to do some sort of molestation themselves...
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 9, 2010 2:41 PM
    Disgusting.
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    jellico , July 9, 2010 4:25 PM
    Here is the problem I have with the whole child porn thing. This stuff is all over the Internet, from all over the world. Many people who are found with such images on their computer are actually innocent and didn't even know it was there (usually a result of malware infection). However, because it is classified as contraband (meaning it is illegal to have it regardless of knowledge or intent), these people either end up in jail or must spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove their innocence. One need only look at the visceral reaction of previous posters to see what sort of reception a jury would give them. I suspect these attitudes would be a lot different if the roles were reverse.

    Another problem is that, people who download regular porn might still find themselves running afoul of the law. Movies made in other countries where the age of consent is lower would be considered child porn over here, even though the performers may not appear to be under 18. Can you tell the difference between a 16, 17 and 18 year old? I sure as hell can't. I know this one woman who works at the day care my son goes to. I saw her with her 9 year old daughter and I thought the woman was the little girl's older sister! She's like 29 and she looks 14! Likewise, I've seen many sub-18 girls who easily look like they are in their mid 20s.

    Yet another problem, teens making videos of themselves either nude or having sex with their girl/boy friends. Yes, this is quintessentially stupid, but I don't think it should be a police matter. The whole point of the law is to protect those who cannot protect themselves from exploitation. I think it is asinine, and a perversion of the law to prosecute members of the protected class who, clearly, are stupid but not exploited.

    The bottom line is this, just like the drug war, we should focus less on the "users" and more on the production end of it. Rather than squandering valuable resources on prosecuting someone for possession who might very well be innocent (no priors and no such indications from friends or family), we should be focusing on the pieces of crap wrapped in human skin who MAKE this material! The people that actually victimize children are the ones who should receive all of the punishments detailed by previous posters.
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    triplebug , July 9, 2010 2:40 PM
    Oh God...
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 9, 2010 2:41 PM
    Disgusting.
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    cmcghee358 , July 9, 2010 2:42 PM
    The problem with these disgusting people is they are so messed up in the head they see their disease as something simple like a feet fetish. They have no concept that it harms everyone thats associated with it, including themselves.

    This is on par with the common problem of internet porn addiction. There is a supply of the disgusting material and forums/groups of people that also view it, giving the offenders a sense of belonging and acceptance with their twisted, disgusting behavior. They can't separate how regular porn is ok, but their "fetish" isn't. The worse part is, a good portion of the children that are molested grow up to do some sort of molestation themselves...
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    sliem , July 9, 2010 2:56 PM
    OMG man, how the heck do you find that appealing. You are sick and need immediate help. Let's see... 1) go to jail and 2) get a girl friend (18+).
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    grieve , July 9, 2010 2:58 PM
    keep them out of jail i dont want to pay for it! Sex offenders are unfixable.

    two other, more reasonable options include:
    1) chop balls off.
    2) capital punishment

    Each of these solutions solve the problem... just have to catch them to impliment.
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    nimbus77 , July 9, 2010 3:04 PM
    People like that should be removed from society
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    insider3 , July 9, 2010 3:19 PM
    I used to work for Geek Squad a few years ago. (I know, I know..they aren't the best technicians but that was a long time ago) We weren't supposed to invade privacy, but one of my buddies did anyways and even risked losing his job just to put this sicko behind bars.
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    eyemaster , July 9, 2010 3:23 PM
    I'm not exactly sure what child porn is. By that, I mean I've never seen it and I don't want to. I don't want to imagine Youporn with 5 year old kids... that would gross me out too much. I'd probably kill myself!
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    Anonymous , July 9, 2010 3:23 PM
    Seriously take that out of the site, cp'ers will now be aware of their faults and it will be harder to get them. KEEP THEM IGNORANT. Remove this Tom.
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    infodan , July 9, 2010 3:30 PM
    Quote:
    How Child Pornographers Got Themselves Caught


    by clicking on links with the words "child porn pornography rape and molest" in them?
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    bustapr , July 9, 2010 3:34 PM
    Sometimes I wish they dont post news like this on Toms. Some dumb pedos might be searching for waays to avoid getting caught and they might find this article useful. Ive always believed that the way to capture a pedo is to never know how they can get caught...

    Sure the article was interesting, but I wouldve avoided writing an article like this.
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    in0va3 , July 9, 2010 3:38 PM
    whats with the picture?
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    moomooman , July 9, 2010 3:39 PM
    friend of a friend got busted for downloading 100's of images on emule, via dialup. He sure looked surprised in his pic on the front page of the newspaper.

    Not hard for law enforcement to go to the ISP (who I was working for at the time) and trace the phone that had a particular IP at a particular time.
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    pbrigido , July 9, 2010 3:46 PM
    I used to work at Best Buy in the Geek Squad and had a similar event happen. Guy brings in computer, tech works on computer. Tech finds child porn, guy gets arrested.

    I wonder how many times this happens but goes unreported.
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    o0RaidR0o , July 9, 2010 3:48 PM
    cmcghee358The problem with these disgusting people is they are so messed up in the head they see their disease as something simple like a feet fetish. They have no concept that it harms everyone thats associated with it, including themselves.This is on par with the common problem of internet porn addiction. There is a supply of the disgusting material and forums/groups of people that also view it, giving the offenders a sense of belonging and acceptance with their twisted, disgusting behavior. They can't separate how regular porn is ok, but their "fetish" isn't. The worse part is, a good portion of the children that are molested grow up to do some sort of molestation themselves...

    It has often been found that almost all molesters are former victims. It's alway's been curious to me as a society what exactly are we doing by way of support for the victims. This vicious circle although may not be completed disrupted, can be reduced but I just don't think enough is being done.
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    Marco925 , July 9, 2010 3:53 PM
    grievekeep them out of jail i dont want to pay for it! Sex offenders are unfixable.two other, more reasonable options include:1) chop balls off.2) capital punishmentEach of these solutions solve the problem... just have to catch them to impliment.

    I didn't realise that killing people was much more humane.
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    victomofreality , July 9, 2010 3:53 PM
    Now if only they could use the people they've caught to catch more!!!
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    fball922 , July 9, 2010 4:02 PM
    grievekeep them out of jail i dont want to pay for it! Sex offenders are unfixable.two other, more reasonable options include:1) chop balls off.2) capital punishmentEach of these solutions solve the problem... just have to catch them to impliment.

    You won't be paying for them long. Do you know what typically happens to child porn/molester offenders in prison?
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    sirmorluk , July 9, 2010 4:08 PM
    Filthy POSs.
    We don not need more prisons. We need more cemeteries.
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    bastyn99 , July 9, 2010 4:15 PM
    How is it possible to be so stupid. "I think ill just take some pictures of me doing illegal stuff and then give them to charity" yeah, thats good thinking.
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