Crime

Mar 14, 2012 11:18 AM by Greg Boyce

Some child porn photos are taken by children

Children may be helping child pornographers by taking pictures of themselves.  Dozens of men in Colorado are now facing federal charges in connection with international porn operations.

Colorado Springs Police Sgt. Bill DeHart told News 5, "It's happening all over the world and on and on and on."

Sometimes the victims are uploading photos of themselves that show up later on porn sites.

"Unfortunately," said DeHart, "we've seen an explosion of self exploitation, the kids taking pictures of themselves, posting it online, thinking that 'I'm just sharing it with one person,' when in fact they're sharing it with the world."

Joseph Beggs, 23, of Colorado Springs was arrested this week, suspectede of selling a computer full of child porn.

In February, David Kucera, 59, was arrested for exploitation of a child. 

"We cannot arrest our way out of this," said DeHart.  "It's involving the parents, involving the media, and inviting the community to have an open dialogue about this."

 

 

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