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Man Filmed Boys, Men All Over Boston

Boston Man Arrested for Child Exploitation, Filming Young Boys in Bathroom

A man was arrested for filming high school boys in a Boston Latin School bathroom and charged with several counts of child exploitation Monday.

Eric Tran Thai, 36, allegedly filmed boys using urinals and bathroom stalls between February and December 2017 at a BLS restroom, a U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts statement said Monday.

Officials allegedly discovered nearly 45 secretly recorded videos of boys at the BLS bathroom after locating several folders with school names during an analysis of recovered items from searching Thai’s home in March 2018.  Law officials seized several computer hard drives, cameras, thumb drives, digital storage cards and other computer devices during the search.  One of the folders said “Boston Latin High School.”

We definitely feel that we’ve been compromised,” BLS senior Josh Caban said, according to CBS Boston.

BLS found the allegations “seriously disturbing” and will host a meeting with parents to discuss the incident Tuesday, CBS reported.  Thai was a former BLS student.

Police began investigating Thai, 36, after two Boston College students reported being filmed in restrooms on separate occasions without their knowledge or consent on Feb. 6 and Feb. 27, 2018.  Thai allegedly admitted to police to not only “taking some pictures” of a man in the neighboring stall but also said he was involved with such activity for nearly a year.  He was arrested on state charges following the Feb. 27, 2018 report, according to the District of Massachusetts statement.

Each charge for sexual exploitation of children can be a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison.  Each charge can also provide a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and up to $250,000 in fines, the District of Massachusetts statement said.

BLS serves students in grades 7-12, making it both a middle and high school, according to the school’s website.

BLS did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit projectsafechildhood.gov/

O.U.R. AND WSP IN OPERATION NET NANNY

.jpg photo of Logo of task force of Washington State Police working with other agencys to stop child predatorsOperation Net Nanny: 22 Arrests in Thurston County

Thurston County, WA  –  22 dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Thurston County were removed from the streets, thanks to a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and several partner agencies.

Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 15th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate.  Since the original operation in August 2015, MECTF has netted a total of 246 arrests and rescued more than 30 children across the state.

MECTF’s primary mission is to proactively target those persons involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet.  “While the internet is a powerful tool for our nation, criminals using it to target our communities’ necessitates a need for this type of proactive investigations by our law enforcement troopers and partners in order to combat these horrible crimes,” says WSP Chief John R. Batiste.

“This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children and making communities safer,” adds Chief Batiste.

From February 15, 2019 to February 20, 2019, undercover law enforcement officers used various websites on the internet and phone applications to communicate with people interested in having sex with children.  The operation generated hundreds of responses.  The would-be perpetrators who were arrested over the five-day operation traveled to meet with the undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys with the intent to engage in sexual activity with children as young as six-years-old.

The names of the individuals arrested during the operation are:

  • Michael A. Brazielle, 22, Lacey, Washington
  • Jesse D. Jones, 41, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington
  • Juvenile, 17, Olympia, Washington
  • Daniel M. Kennedy, 27, Seattle, Washington
  • John D. Henderson, 38, Lacey, Washington
  • James E. Stillwell, 40, Tenino, Washington
  • Jason L. Koster, 25, Lacey, Washington
  • Regan F, Lane-Smith, 50, Tacoma, Washington
  • Robert L. Kelley, 52, Rochester, Washington
  • Greg E. Decker, 49, Graham, Washington
  • Charles A. Yates, 22, Olympia, Washington
  • Lamar A. Smith, 22, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington
  • Jonas M. Davis, 34, Tacoma, Washington
  • Jeffrey A. LeClair, 34 Fife, Washington
  • Todd L. Schock, 20, Olympia, Washington
  • William John Tyler Smith, 22, Transient
  • Joshua A. Garcia, 21, Olympia, Washington
  • John R. Greenfield, 41, Shelton, Washington
  • Raymond M. Suarez, 46, Youngtown, Arizona
  • Curtis Pouncy, 59, Aberdeen, Washington
  • Jason P. D. Boozer, 35, Lacey, Washington
  • Quenton Parker, 31, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington

Anyone with information related to the suspects listed, or information leading to the identity of victims potentially involved in these cases please contact MECTF at mectf@wsp.wa.gov.

The collaborative effort involving more than 70 dedicated law enforcement officers, agents, and staff led to the success of this operation.

The funding for this operation was made possible due in part by support from the public as well as a generous donation from Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).  O.U.R. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) who shares the mission of law enforcement agencies to save children and see that child predators are arrested and prosecuted.

O.U.R. is privileged and honored to partner with our nation’s law enforcement heroes in this important cause to combat the sexual exploitation of children in our nation’s communities.

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It’s No Accident Our Children Have No Rights Now

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Daniel Edmonds ran for Oklahoma’s second congressional district seat in 2010

Former Congressional Candidate
Charged With Child Sex Abuse

OKMULGEE COUNTY, OK  –  A former congressional candidate is behind bars tonight, charged with three counts of child sexual abuse.

Daniel Edmonds ran for Oklahoma’s second congressional district seat in 2010 against Charles Thompson and lost. Okmulgee County sheriff’s deputies arrested Edmonds on Friday.

On Monday, the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office charged Edmonds with the crimes.

“We’re not gonna tolerate it,” Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier said.  “Of course, everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” he continued.  “But stuff like this absolutely sickens me.”

One affidavit details incidents that happened between April 2015 and June 2017.
It says “Daniel Edmonds did have sexual contact” with a minor and that the incidents “happened multiple times” in different locations.

“We don’t care who you are, we don’t care where you come from,” Frazier said. “You’re not gonna do this to minor children in Muskogee County.”

A separate affidavit said another child reported “Daniel began molesting him sometime in 2015” and continued until last month.

“It’s been going on for a while, and as far as we can tell, lasted all the way up until almost present day,” the sheriff said.

The report said the boy reported he’d been molested many times.

“You do not have a right to treat anyone in the manner these minor children have been treated,” Frazier said.

Frazier said when the initial report was made, they only knew of one victim, but it’s now developed into two.

“We had developed another victim, so at this time we believe there are two victims and possibly more,” he said.  “We’re still under investigation.”

Sheriff Frazier said they’ll continue investigating and make sure there are no more victims.

The List Keeps Getting Longer

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Spacey will be arraigned at Nantucket District Court on January 7 .

Actor Kevin Spacey to be charged with
sexual assault

Oscar-winning US actor Kevin Spacey is facing a felony charge for alleged sexual assault of a teenager in a restaurant in 2016, prosecutors said on Monday.

Kevin Spacey scandal: A complete list of the 15 accusers

Spacey will be arraigned at Nantucket District Court on January 7 on a charge of indecent assault and battery, according to the district attorney of Cape and Islands, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors did not name the alleged victim of the July 2016 incident but former Boston-based television news anchor Heather Unruh told a news conference last year that police were investigating a complaint by her son against the “House of Cards” and “American Beauty” star.

Unruh told reporters the 59-year-old had sexually assaulted her son on the holiday island of Nantucket after plying him with alcohol late at night in a bar in July 2016.

Unruh described her son at the time as a “star-struck, straight” 18-year-old.

“Kevin Spacey bought him drink after drink after drink, and when my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him,” Unruh told the news conference in Boston.

“Spacey stuck his hand inside my son’s pants and grabbed his genitals,” Unruh said. Her intoxicated son, whom she did not name, panicked and froze.

When Spacey left briefly to use the bathroom, he allegedly fled to his grandmother’s house, where he is said to have told his sister what had happened.

Spacey was considered one of the finest actors of his generation.  His career has nose-dived following allegations of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain.

The first public report of alleged abuse by him came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey sexually abused him when Rapp was 14, in 1986.

Bizarre video

Spacey apologised to Rapp, claiming not to remember the incident, but remained silent as accusations against him mushroomed.

As a result, Netflix dropped Spacey from its political thriller series “House of Cards,” and he was dumped from his scenes in Ridley Scott’s film “All the Money in the World.”

Spacey is one of the most high-profile figures in the torrent of allegations that have brought down male power players from the worlds of politics, finance, entertainment and journalism, in the wake of accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein 14 months ago.

As the arraignment was announced, a bizarre video was shared by Spacey’s Twitter account of the actor apparently addressing his sacking by Netflix — while in character as President Frank Underwood from “House of Cards.”

“Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful.  After all, we shared everything, you and I,” Spacey says in Underwood’s signature southern drawl, in the video entitled titled, “Let Me Be Frank.”

“I told you my deepest, darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of.  I shocked you with my honestly, but mostly I challenged you and made you think.  And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t.  So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says.  And besides, I know what you want.  You want me back.”

The three-minute vignette marks Spacey’s first public performance since the allegations against him came to light.

“Of course, some believed everything and have been just waiting with baited breath to hear me confess it all.  They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved,” he goes on.

“Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life,” he says — apparently an allusion to the allegations against both the actor and his Machiavellian character on the show.

Disney Channel Actor Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation

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Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been charged with six felony counts.

Disney actor Stoney Westmoreland
charged in underage sex case

SALT LAKE CITY  –  Former Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been charged with six felony counts after authorities said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old boy.

Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Westmoreland was on the dating app Grindr when he found a profile that appeared to be an underage boy but was operated by a police detective in Salt Lake City, near where the show “Andi Mack” is filmed.

He also sent explicit photos, authorities said.

A message left with Westmoreland’s agent, Mitchell Stubbs, was not immediately returned.

Charging documents say Westmoreland was arrested Dec. 13 after he took a car to meet the boy so they could go back to his hotel room.

Charges filed Friday include attempted exploitation of a minor and enticing a minor.

Westmoreland has been dropped from his role as the grandfather of the teenage title character in the Disney show after his arrest.

Westmoreland’s other acting credits include “Scandal” and “Breaking Bad.”