David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Monday, March 20, 2006

High-tech tactics used to combat child porn

Investigators target e-mail, chat rooms
By Onell R. Soto
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

March 20, 2006

Advances in technology are changing the way child pornography is produced and traded, and law enforcement is changing to keep pace.

A few years ago, those who pursue child pornographers focused on Internet Web sites that offered access to thousands of images for a fee.

Now, investigators working undercover and using high-tech tools are pursuing people who find each other in online meeting areas and trade images directly using e-mail and file-sharing programs.

Investigators also have begun cataloging unique identifiers – akin to digital fingerprints – of the images of exploited children, making it easier and faster for them to find what they're looking for.

Across the country, authorities have noticed an increase in the production of child pornography.

In San Diego County over the last few years, child pornography investigations have targeted a priest, a pediatrician, a school counselor, teachers and police officers.

On March 9, authorities arrested Wayne Albert Bleyle, a respiratory therapist at Children's Hospital. He is accused of photographing himself molesting some of the most vulnerable patients he cared for and distributing the pictures over the Internet.

These arrests and investigations show an increased focus by investigators into child pornography rings.

“Investigators are now starting to see more home-grown or self-produced pornography,” said Julie Myers, assistant secretary for immigration and customs enforcement,in announcing a crackdown in Chicago last week.

Customs inspectors have been investigating child pornography for decades, dating to when pornography was mailed in brown paper wrapping.

Some pictures crop up so frequently that they are referred to as “classic series.”

Several years ago, 85 percent of the images that investigators came across were of children they had already identified, Myers said.

But now, investigators who look through hard drives, digital cameras and digital music players are seeing children they don't recognize.

“We're seeing more new material and more new victims,” Myers said.

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