Internet allowing child pornography to run rampant
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:51 PM CDT
Child pornography is a problem investigators deal with far too often.
They say the world wide web is to blame.
The internet has made it easier for people to secretly distribute or download mass amounts of illegal and explicit images.
He was a Registered Nurse at a pediatric hospital. He was in charge of several children."
And authorities say he abused at least two boys in his care.
"He befriended this child who had emotional issues and came to have a special bond or friendship with this particular child. The boy, in turn, trusted him so it was easy to take advantage of that."
The nurse's second victim.
"He was left alone with the child. It was a night of baby-sitting and it was an opportunity that presented itself."
Postal Inspectors discovered that the nurse in this case was involved in another crime.
"We found that he had at least four external hard drives filled with child pornography. He had magazines and books that contained images of children in various stages of undress."
A total of 4 to 5 thousand images.
"As technology has evolved, the ability to produce child pornography, trade and distribute child pornography has become so easy for predators."
The internet has made distribution simple and immediate.
"Three predators continually recirculate, share and trade these images. They're forever there, they never disappear."
They remain on the internet…to the dismay and horror of victims.
"Anytime someone watches that video of that child, they are continuously being victimized. I have heard from one victim who said it doesn't matter how old she was when it happened, it's like it happened yesterday."
The male nurse was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on federal charges of possession of child pornography.
If your child's behavior changes dramatically or you see signs of bruising, seek professional help to determine if your son or daughter has been sexually abused.