Saturday, March 09, 2002

Investigation to move slowly

Monroe child porn case may span several weeks, states

By Janice Morse,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONROE — The investigation of a Monroe man's alleged Internet child pornography could take weeks and may span several states, authorities said Friday.

        Michael Curran, a special agent with the state of Wyoming's Division of Criminal Investigation, said they interviewed a suspect whose home was searched Thursday. The man allegedly admitted he traded kiddie porn with about a dozen minors — and had tried hundreds of times to persuade young girls in several states to make explicit videotapes of themselves for him, Agent Curran said.

        The 24-year-old Monroe man used the Internet screen name “bi lez with pics,” and pretended to be a 20-year-old bisexual-lesbian woman named “Michelle.” He thought he was “chatting” with a 13-year-old Wyoming girl named “Sheila,” who was actually a male undercover officer.

        The Monroe man has neither been charged nor arrested, police said, because prosecutors advised them to wait until they finish extracting potential evidence from computers and videotapes they seized Thursday.

        A search warrant inventory filed Friday shows police took two computers, dozens of videotapes and compact discs, and five pairs of women's panties.

        Police allege the man had sent at least two explicit child porn images to the Wyoming undercover officer.

        Police say they tracked down the suspect after he used regular mail to send a blank videotape to the Wyoming “girl” and asked that she use it to record herself and a friend performing sex acts, then mail it back to his address.

        After the U.S. Postal Service delivered a blank tape to him, police swooped in.

        The man was so eager to receive the tape, “he was concentrating on that package; he paid no attention to me,” said Monroe Detective Michael Staples, who was wearing a black jacket with “POLICE” in large, thick, white letters on the front and back.


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