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Thursday, August 4, 2011

2 Utahns indicted for exploiting children in global porn network

Two Utah men are among 72 people charged in federal court for allegedly trading thousands of images depicting children being sexually abused.

David Brian Lindsay, 30, of Midvale, who used the Internet name “slipnslide” and 32-year-old Shane Michael Turner of Roy, were busted as part of an international child pornography network that used an online bulletin board called Dreamboard to exploit children, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

The men were arrested after law enforcement completed a 20-month investigation called Operation Delego, which profiled members of Dreamboard, a members-only Internet site designed to promote pedophilia, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Those who sought material on Dreamboard accessed and shared images of children ages 12 and under, including some infants, Holder said at a news conference, calling the activities a “nightmare.” Some videos showed children crying in pain as the abuse took place, he said.

In order to maintain club membership, participants had to continuously upload sexual images of children. Some participants were elevated to a “Super VIP” status after creating a certain amount of material showing them molesting children, court documents state.

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