Child porn sting nets 13 arrests in Central Valley

FRESNO, Calif.

Technology popular with online music fans is leading investigators right to child porn suspects.

The faces displayed on a poster board are of child pornography suspects busted in Operation Direct Connect.

13 men from all over the Central Valley, accused of collecting videos and pictures of children, even babies, engaging in sexual acts.

The suspects include a police officer, a mechanic, and a man pending trial for molesting kids.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said, "There is no stereotype for these kinds of offenders. [They come from] all professions, all ages."

Dennis Antieau lived next to a Madera elementary school before his arrest. Ulysses Grant worked for the city of Fresno. And Angel Landin is a Selma Police Officer arrested at the police station.

Federal agents say they found sexual videos and pictures of children as young as five on a desktop computer in his master bedroom.

Court documents show he admitted to using the peer-to-peer network LimeWire to get porn on the internet.

Investigators say most of the suspects used similar peer to peer networks, which work a lot like Napster did before it got sued.

Kevin Wiens said, "Allowing individuals to trade and distribute images and videos, music and documents to each other without knowledge of who that person is."

Investigators say the suspects feel like they're lurking in anonymity when they use the networks, but investigators are also lurking.

Mike Prado addds, "On a daily basis, the same technology the perpetrators are using, we're using that same technology to identify them and bring them to justice."

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