Feds breakup child-porn ring, Tucsonan among the accused

2014-03-19T10:43:00Z Feds breakup child-porn ring, Tucsonan among the accusedPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Federal authorities have announced the breakup of an extended network of child-pornography producers, which includes the arrest of a Tucson man.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security news release provided some details of the investigation, which included 228 minor victims in 39 states and 23 victims in other countries.

Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, 26, was one of 14 men arrested in January in connection with the child-pornography production and distribution organization.

Gonzalez-Castillo was charged in federal court in Louisiana with one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography.

A news release descried how those accused in the case used an underground website from about June 2012 until June 2013 to distribute more than 2,000 videos.

The site was concealed on the so-called Tor Network, a software system that can provide Internet users and Web sites online anonymity by directing traffic through a network of relays.

The site had more than 27,000 members, according to a news release.

The site shared webcam-captured videos of mostly juvenile boys who were enticed by the operators of the site to produce sexually explicit material.

Federal authorities called the investigation “Operation Round Table,” which began with the arrest of Jonathan Johnson in Louisiana. Forensic analysis indicated that Johnson was the creator and administrator of the underground website.

The other men arrested in connection with the investigation include:

Daniel Nolan Devor, 39, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors;

John C. Foster, 44 of Tipp City, Ohio, charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors;

Aung Gaw aka Michael Gaw, 25, of Fremont, Calif., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Sean Jabbar, 32, of Minneapolis, Minn., charged with receipt of child pornography

Christopher Jamieson, 30, of Douglassville, Ga., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Andrew Korpal, 29, of Granger, Ind., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Wash., charged with receipt of child pornography;

Christopher Schwab, 25 of New Orleans, charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography;

Stanley Zdon, III, 27, of Tuckerton, N.J., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography.

Roy Naim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography;

Minh Vi Thong, 30, of Denver, Colo., charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

Another man already convicted in the case, Michael Eales, 24, of Westby, Wis., was sentenced in October to 30 years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for manufacturing child pornography.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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