Project Spade: 348 People Arrested in International Child Porn Ring Bust …386 Children Have Been Rescued
PROJECT SPADE BUSTS INTERNATIONAL CHILD PORN RING …
One of the largest commercial child pornography ring ever has been uncovered and busted in Canada. At last count, 348 people have been arrested in “Project Spade” (VIDEO) from over 50 countries and a reported 386 children have been rescued. As reported at Inside Toronto, police traced the internet connection to a Toronto man who was running an “exploitation” movie production and distribution company. “This company operated a website known as www.azovfilms.com where customers from around the world could place orders to have movies sent to them through the mail or through the internet. At the center of the child porn ring is 42 year old Brian Way. This low life, oh alleged low life, faces 24 charges of making, possessing, distributing, exporting and selling the explicit images of boys, ranging in ages from toddlers to teens.
In all because of the Project Spade investigation, 108 Canadians have been arrested, 50 in Ontario, of whom at least 20 have so far pleaded guilty to various charges. Another 76 Americans face charges. Internationally, another 164 are before the courts and many more are still under investigation.
They have also laid a charge of instructing a criminal organization, the first time this has been done in relation to a child pornography investigation. It is a charge more usually associated with gangs or organized crime.
“This case has really challenged people to reconsider what nudism and child modelling are,” said Toronto police Detective-Constable Lisa Belanger, who led the investigation. “It’s caused countries around the world to look at this material and ask whether it’s OK for doctors, teachers, daycare providers and hockey coaches to be buying this kind of material. Countries from South Africa to Australia, Isle of Man to Hong Kong and Spain have all said it’s not OK. I think it’s going to have ripple effects everywhere.”
A three-year investigation into an exploitative Toronto-based film company has netted nearly 350 arrests and rescued more than 380 children from sexual abuse, police said Thursday.
Law enforcement from all over the world, primarily in Eastern Europe and the United States, worked with Toronto police since 2010 to arrest those who produced child pornography and those who purchased it.
The owner of the film company, Brian Way, has been in jail since 2011 awaiting trial, and the producers who made the illegal films have been convicted in their home countries, Toronto police Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests will be made, but authorities decided it was time to share with the public the scope of its operation, known as Project Spade.
Among the 348 people arrested in the international child sex abuse investigation were 40 teachers, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors or priests and some doctors and nurses, Beaven-Desjardins said.
Throughout the investigation, 386 children have been rescued, she said, referring to their removal from situations where they were being abused.
UPDATE I: David Scott Engle, from Lake Lucerne, Washington, is believed to be the first US child sex offender officially identified as someone caught by investigators from Project Spade.
A youth baseball coach was exposed as a prolific pedophile in one of the world’s biggest ever child porn busts, it can be revealed today.
David Scott Engle is believed to be the first American child sex offender officially identified as someone caught by investigators from Project Spade.
Last month MailOnline reported Engle, a divorce lawyer from Lake Lucerne in Washington, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after amassing thousands of child pornography images.
The 50-year-old will now stand trial on child rape charges after investigators found dozens of videos of him allegedly carrying out sickening sexual assaults on two boys.
David Rock, 52, charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of accessing it, has a court date of Dec. 13 for a preliminary hearing.
William Allard, 38, has a court date of Nov. 29.
Anthony Ryckman, 42, pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing, making and accessing child pornography, and two counts of voyeurism.
Ryckman was sentenced to 23 months in jail and three years of probation. He has been ordered not to associate with anyone under 16 and given a DNA order and forfeiture order.
Ryckman will also be on the sex offender registry for life.
11 year old Saria House has been missing since Saturday afternoon, November 17, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was last seen near the 2900 block of 1st street and Locust on the city’s north side. Saria is described as dark complexion and was wearing her hair in a braided bun. She is 5’2″ weighing about 100 pounds with brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing a grey sweater with front zipper and light blue jeans. Milwaukee Police consider Saria House “critical missing” due to her age.
Missing – Saria House
Saria House was last seen around noon on Saturday, November 16th near 1st and Locust on the city’s north side.
Saria is about 5’2? tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She is described as having a dark complexion and was wearing her hair braided into a ‘bun style’. Saria was last seen wearing a gray sweater with a front zipper, light blue jeans and an unknown color pair of shoes.
If anyone has seen or know the whereabouts of Saria House, please contact the Milwaukee Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7401.
3 Students Shot Near Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, PA … 16 Year Old A.J. Willet Arrested Charged with 4 Counts of Attempted Homicide
Three students have been shot near the Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, PA . The school is located in the Beechview area of Pittsburgh and has approximately 1,200 students. The three male victims suffered varying injuries, one was shot in the leg and foot, one was shot in the neck and shoulder and one was grazed in the head. All injuries are considered non-life threatening. The shooting happened between Crane and Lowenhill Avenues around 3 pm, just moments after classes let out for the day Wednesday afternoon. .
Several people have been taken in for questioning in connection with a shooting that left three students injured near Brashear High School Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, the shooting happened between Crane and Lowenhill Avenues around 3 p.m., just moments after classes let out for the day.
The victims – two 11th graders and one ninth grader – were reportedly walking to a car that was parked on Crane Avenue, about a block away, when the shooting started.
According to school officials, a shooter came out of the woods near the school, shot three students and then retreated into the woods.
UPDATE I: Continual updates on the shooting incident at The Raw Story.
UPDATE II: 16-year old Anjohnito (A.J.) Willet, Jr. Antonio was questioned and then later arrested. A.J. Willet was charged with 4 counts of attempted homicide, among other charges. Willet is due in court Tuesday. He will be charged as an adult. The suspect claims that the shooting was in retaliation of an incident that took place on October 18, 2013 inside Brashear High School where the victim was assaulted and robbed by the individuals that he shot.
Willet is facing several charges, including four counts each of criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault, as well as a minor not to possess a firearm charge.
Pittsburgh Police Lt. Kevin Kraus told a late evening news conference that Willet was the lone gunman who wounded the three students.
“We believe with the information and the evidence that we have, that we have the one and only shooter, but the investigation is not over,” said Lt. Kevin Kraus, of Pittsburgh Police. “It’s still very active and ongoing.”
Michelle Obama Takes Food Out of the Mouths of Poor, Hungry Children Funneling $’s from Food Stamps To Pay for her Pet Project, ‘Let’s Move’
Why does Michelle Obama want to starve poor, needy, hungry children?
As reported by the NY Post, some 76 million meals a year will vanish from NYC children as President Barack Obama diverted money from SNAP to first lady Michelle Obama’s signature program, Let’s Move anti-obesity initiative, $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. According to the report, the food grab began in 2010, when President Obama, with Michelle and the US Department of Agriculture chief at his side, signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. At the time, he admitted taking cash from one pocket to feed the other.
As you dig into your Butterball with all the trimmings this Thanksgiving, remember that millions of famished schoolkids around America may be forced to forgo classic turkey — and chow down instead on vegan black-bean patties and organic locavore quinoa salad.
On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it’s now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell’s Soup from stamps.
But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn’t heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts.
Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama’s pet project, Let’s Move. What?
It’s come to this. Some 76 million meals a year will vanish from this city — poof! — partly because the president diverted money from SNAP to the first lady’s signature program, part of her Let’s Move anti-obesity initiative — the bean-sprout-heavy, $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The rest of the $5 billion annual food-stamp cuts was taken when 2009 stimulus funds dried up. But with ObamaCare woes stealing the oxygen in Washington, there’s little urgency to replace dandelion greens served on recyclable trays with family-friendly buttered mashed potatoes.
Hey, why not … the MSM uses headlines like this all the time to describe Conservatives. Wonder how many MSM types will cover this story?
53 Year Old Nudist in Palm Beach County, FL Arrested … Claims Pics of 3 Daughters not Child Porn, But Instead “Regular Family Portraits of a Naturist Family”
Child Porn or Nudist pics, you make the call …
53 year old Brian Martens has been arrested and charged one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography after having taken “pornographic” pictures of his 3 young daughters and sharing them with other men. It appears that Martens is proving a different and pathetic kind of defense stating that the pics were not child porn, but instead the pictures “are regular family portraits of a naturist family.” Hmm, Brian Martens may also have land to sell you in the Everglades … Martens is a former resident of the Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort in Loxahatchee Groves, FL. However as reported at ABC News, federal magistrate Judge Bill Matthewman said in court on Wednesday that the images of the girls, aged 8 to 12, were suggestive enough that Martens should stand trial. Judge Bill Matthewman said that many of the photos the court has reviewed are lascivious and they are, in the court’s opinion, sexually explicit.” If convicted Martens faces a maximum sentence of 30 years for producing child pornography and an additional 20 years if convicted of receiving child porn.
A South Florida nudist, arrested on charges that he helped take pornographic photographs of his three young daughters and shared them with other men, is putting on an unusual defense.
Brian Martens, 53, who was living at a nudist colony in Palm Beach County, is arguing that there is nothing pornographic about the pictures and that they are regular family portraits of a naturist family.
Federal prosecutors say they believe several of the photographs are clearly inappropriate and the final judgment call should lie with a trial jury. A grand jury has already voted there was enough evidence to indict Martens on one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.
The three girls have been taken away from Martens by the Florida Department of Children & Families following Vanaman’s arrest. The children are currently in foster care; however, Martens’ attorney said the girls will be returned to their mother in Illinois, who knew about and supported their decision to live in a nudist community. Great, sounds like they are headed to another irresponsible parent.
Professional photographer, Leslie Grey Vanaman, who owned A Shade of Grey Photography was already tried and convicted of child porn and is currently serving a 60 year sentence.
Vanaman is serving 60 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography — including the photographs of Martens’ daughters and other children, prosecutors said. Vanaman already had a 2004 state conviction in New Jersey of possessing child pornography downloaded from the Internet, court records show.
For what it is worth, Marten’s defense attorney James Eisenberg, never gave his permission for the explicit pic of a close-up shot of one of the girl’s genital area to be shot. Reports say that the father cried when he was shown the pictures; however, upon review Marten’s computer shows a much, much different story.
Marten’s attorney James Eisenberg agreed that one of the photographs is child pornography — one the judge described as a close-up shot of one of the girl’s genital area — but said his client did not know the photograph was taken and never gave his permission for it to be shot. Martens hired a professional family photographer to take family portraits, Eisenberg said.
“He cried as he viewed the images,” Galler said.
Martens told the agents he only gave permission for Vanaman to take naturist photos.
But further analysis of Vanaman’s computer revealed a very different story, Galler told the judge. Martens had signed releases and received on several occasions more than 50 photographs that contained child pornography of the three girls taken between 2010 and 2012, Galler said.
Agents also found emails between Martens, Vanaman and a third man in which they discussed Vanaman’s “craft” and “the sensuality and sexuality” of the images.
32 Year Old Anthony Brinkman Arrested at Missouri Cracker Barrel over Craigslist Ad Seeking to Beat & Rape His 11 Year Old Daughter … Charged with Statutory Sodomy
OH DEAR GOD!!!
32 year old Anthony Brinkman of Cuba, Missouri was arrested at a Cracker Barrel after having solicited on Craig’s List an undercover police officer to rape and beat his 11 year old daughter while he watched. Not only did this POS put an ad on Craig’s List, he actually brought his daughter to the Cracker Barrel for the meet up. Thank God it was an undercover officer! As St. Louis County Detective Mike Slaughter said at the press conference on Monday, “If we hadn’t gotten involved and someone bad had gotten in touch with him, something bad would have happened to that little girl.” It is not known whether the 11 year old girl had been previously sexually assaulted by Brinkman, however, a further investigation is underway. Police have seized Brinkman’s computers and are awaiting the results of a forensic analysis. Anthony Brinkman is charged with attempted statutory sodomy and he is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
An undercover officer posing as a 27-year-old woman then responded to Brinkman. He told her he wanted the woman to be his girlfriend as well as participate with him in sexually assaulting the child with sex toys, Slaughter said. He also said he wanted her to help find a boyfriend for the child, Slaughter said.
Thankfully, some one had contacted the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that Brinkman had posted the Craigslist ad. Personally, I would like to know why Craig’s List is not supposed to police their own websites.
A Missouri father was arrested last week after he showed up at a Cracker Barrel to meet an undercover officer who he had contacted on Craigslist about beating and raping his 11-year-old daughter.
At a press conference on Monday, St. Louis County Detective Mike Slaughter said that it took a lot to shock detectives who investigate Internet predators, but they just couldn’t believe it when 32-year-old Anthony Brinkman came to the restaurant with the young girl that he expected them to assault.
“It’s just a lot of talk for most of these guys, but this guy actually brought (the girl) to the scene to go ahead with the next step of enacting it,” Slaughter explained. “If we hadn’t gotten involved and someone bad had gotten in touch with him, something bad would have happened to that little girl.”
I guess it is not just food stamps that are for sale on Craig’s List these days.
Missing 15 Year Old Emily Lalinsky Found Alive with 37 Year Old Family Friend Robert Messer in A Michigan Field
15 year old Emily Lalinsky and 37 year old Robert Messer had been missing since Sunday, October 27, 2013. The two have not been seen since Sunday, when they were thought to be going on a day trip to Ann Arbor, MI. Robert Messner was a friend of the family for 10 years. Police believe hat the teen is endangered based on the ongoing investigation as they believed that Mr. Messer’s mental state may be in question. This might serve as a example of caution to all parents when a 37 year old man starts taking such attention in a 15 year old girl, friend or no friend.
15 year old Emily Lalinsky
Police found notes from both Lalinsky and Messer at the man’s Salem Township home along with the pair’s cell phones. Both notes apologized for leaving.
“Please don’t ever doubt or forget that you are an amazing and wonderful mother and person,” Lalinsky’s note said. “I am so sorry I hurt you and if there was any other way, we would have done it.”
Messer’s letter had a similar theme.
“We are going today, she and I, because we have to — not because we want to leave you,” he wrote. “We are in love and cannot be apart from each other.”
Emily Lalinsky and Robert Messer were found on Tuesday in a field near 7 Mile Road and Chubb Road in Salem Township northeast of Ann Arbor, Michigan in Washtenaw County.
Emily Lalinsky is being treated at a hospital for minor, superficial wounds and Robert Messer is in custody.
Emily Lalinsky, 15, and Robert Messer, 37, were found together Tuesday in a field near 7 Mile Road and Chubb Road in Salem Township northeast of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, police said. The two had been missing since Sunday.
Lieutenant Cal Lauria of the Plymouth Township police department said that Lalinsky is being treated at a local hospital for superficial wounds.
“The male is also being treated, but at a separate hospital,” Lt. Lauria said. “He is also being held in custody.”
According to Penn State News, the University of Penn State has settled with 26 victims for $49.7 million as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Officials state that the settlement amounts will not be funded by student tuition, taxpayer funds or donations, but rather by various liability insurance policies. The terms of the settlement include a confidentiality agreement. Sandusky is currently in prison after being found guilty on 45 counts of child sex charges including 25 felonies.
Penn State officials announced today (Oct. 28) that over the past few months the University has reached agreement with 26 of the victims of former assistant football coach Gerald Sandusky. The terms of the settlements, which include a release of all claims against Penn State and other parties, are subject to confidentiality agreements. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are fully signed and three are agreed in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks.
The aggregate dollar amount paid by the University for the 26 settled claims is $59.7 million and will be reflected in the University’s audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013.
“The Board of Trustees has had as one of its primary objectives to reach settlements in a way that is fair and respects the privacy of the individuals involved,” said Keith Masser, chair of the Board of Trustees. “This is another important milestone in accomplishing that goal. I would like to thank the board’s Legal and Compliance Committee, as well as its Legal Subcommittee for its leadership throughout this process.”
As reported at USA Today, PSU President Rodney Erickson called the agreements “another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky, and another step forward for Penn State.”
Harrisburg lawyer Ben Andreozzi, who represents nine of the victims, said he was pleased with the settlements.
“Obviously no amount of money can compensate for what these young men have gone through,” he said. “But Penn State has given them the resources — financially and counseling — they need to help them recover.”
In 1999 Grand Jury Sought to Indict JonBenet Ramsey’s Parents, Patricia Paugh Ramsey & John Ramsey on Charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death & Accessories to a Crime
After 17 years, Colorado courts have released the previously sealed court documents of the grand jury indictments against the parents of murdered 6 year old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, Patricia Paugh Ramsey and John Ramsey. The Colorado grand jury looked to bring identical charges against both Patsy and John Ramsey of child abuse resulting in death and accessories to a crime. However, the indictments were never pursued by the prosecutor stating there was insufficient evidence.
Both John and Patricia Ramsey charged with felonious child abuse resulting in death
Both John and Patricia Ramsey charged by grand jury with felonious accessory to a crime
Colorado court ordered the release of the previously sealed court documents, putting new attention on the unsolved 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey, a girl who won child beauty pageants and whose murder shocked the nation. The pages were sealed in 1999, after the grand jury in the case dispersed without charges being filed.
The court documents show how the grand jury sought to charge each parent with two identical counts.
The grand jury had alleged that Patricia Paugh Ramsey, who died from ovarian cancer in 2006, and husband John Bennett Ramsey “did … permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey.”
The grand jury also had alleged that each parent “did … render assistance to a person, with intent to hinder, delay and prevent the discovery, detention, apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of such person for the commission of a crime, knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death.”
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said Friday that the murder case is now considered “open,” but it’s a cold case that’s not being actively investigated.
UPDATE I: Grand jury prepared child abuse indictment against JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, newly released documents show.
Fourteen years later, a local newspaper reporter who learned through sources that the grand jury had voted on an indictment convinced a judge to unseal part of it.
There were four pages released, two John Ramsey and two for Patricia, who died of cancer in 2006. Both were indicted on two counts: child abuse resulting in death and accessory to a crime.
But the documents were short on details, raising perhaps more questions than they answered.
Although the Boulder DA had earmarked 18 indictment pages for possible release, the judge only put out those that were signed by the grand jury foreperson.
It’s unclear if the other pages contained more details about the Ramseys’ actions or named someone as the killer.
AMBER ALERT for Hours Old Baby Girl Annabelle Martini with Medical Condition Taken By Her 20 Year Old Mother Jaime Martini in Mill Creek, WA (Update: Amber Alert Canceled, Baby Located)
An Amber Alert was issued for an hours old baby girl, Annabelle Martini, late Friday night in Washington state who was taken by her 20 year old mother Jaime Martini shortly after she gave birth to the child. According to police, Annabelle Martini is suffering from “life-threatening medical conditions” and is in need of medical attention. Jaime Martini gave birth to a baby girl born in Mill Creek about 6.30 a.m. local time (9.30 a.m. ET) Friday at an apartment complex in Mill Creek, WA with the help of a midwife. The midwife who assisted the home birth called 911 after the baby girl was having difficulty breathing and her skin turned a grayish color.
The two may be traveling in a white 2001 BMW 330CI with Washington license AJD7417 or a 1993 dark green Lexus SC400 with license plate 871WJF.
Annabelle Martini is suffering from “life-threatening medical conditions” and is in need of medical attention, according to police.
The girl is believed to be with her mother, Jaime Martini, who is described as 5-foot-3, 135 pounds with long, straight blonde hair and brown eyes.
“Martini fled with the infant and has not sought medical treatment for the child,” the alert said.
Mill Creek police say Martini delivered the baby around 6:30 a.m. Friday at the Mill Creek apartment complex with the help of a midwife. The midwife called 911 to report the baby was having difficulty breathing and was not responsive. Police were dispatching an aid car but canceled it when Jaimie Martini said she was taking the baby to a hospital at the insistence of the midwife. However, she and the baby have not checked in at any area hospitals.
Police believe Jamie Martini’s aunt may have picked up her and the baby up from the apartment complex. Police are in contact with the aunt, but she is not cooperating with them.
UPDATE I: CANCELED AMBER Alert :
Annabelle Martini – Mill Creek, WA
10/26/2013 11:09:55 EDT