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FBI Arrests Border Patrol Agent on Child Pornography Charges

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was charged Wednesday with producing and sharing child pornography.

FBI agents arrested Border Patrol Agent Paul Casey Whipple at his Hondo, Tex., home Tuesday night, News4SA.com reports

A foreign law enforcement agency alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to several file of an underage girl engaging in sexually explicit behaviors.

The FBI was able to track down the videos to Hondo between 2015 and November of this year.

“The kids are bait, and it’s very lucrative and common that adults are seeing kids as sexual objects, and we just need to stop that because it’s not okay,” said Dottie Laster with the Heidi Search Center.

According to a criminal complaint, Whipple admitted he produced the videos and shared them online.

FBI: Ex-Gymnastics Team Doctor Found with 37,000 Images, Videos of Child Pornography

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents found at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography on hard drives in the garbage can of a longtime USA gymnastics doctor in the Lansing, Mich. area.  

The FBI also found videos that showed 53-year-old Larry Nassar sexually assaulting girls under the age of 12, the USA Today reports. 

The former Michigan State University doctor was charged with two counts of child pornography in federal court.

Nasser was the team physician for USA Gymnastics until he was fired in September.

An MSU spokesman said in a statement, “The current (federal) charges do not relate to Nassar’s employment at MSU. Also, according to MSU Police, the investigation into the child pornography charges has not revealed any images of victims in the complaints of criminal sexual conduct that the department also is investigating.”

Watchdog Group Sues CIA for Access to Osama bin Laden’s Porn Stash

Osama bin LadenBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A conservative watchdog group is suing the CIA for access to Osama bin Laden’s porn stash that was found in his Pakistan compound in 2011.

Judicial Watch argued in a lawsuit that the CIA should be forced to turn over the pornography collection as part of a Freedom of Information request filed last year, The Washington Times reports. 

The porn stash was found by the Navy SEALS when they raided the hideout and killed bin Laden.

The June 15 requested asked the CIA for copies of “All pornographic material collected during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Abbotabad, Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011 that killed Osama bin Laden,” along with an index cataloging the items recovered.

Judicial Watch said the CIA has failed to turn over copies of the collection.

“Plaintiff is being irreparably harmed by reason of Defendant’s unlawful withholding of records responsive to Plaintiff’s FOIA request, and Plaintiff will continue to be irreparably harmed unless Defendant is compelled to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law,” Judicial Watch wrote in this week’s filing.

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Former Border Patrol Union Chief Accused of Stealing Money from Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge dismissed charges Tuesday against the former president of the National Border Patrol Council who was accused of funneling union money to finance pornography and trips to see his mistress, CBS8.com reports.

Terence J. Bonner has long claimed that he was set up for political reasons.

“This is about as egregious misconduct as you can find,” Bonner said.

The judge dropped the charges because federal agents exceeded the scope of the warrant for access to Bonner’s electronic devices.

“I would hope this would come back as an absolute embarrassment for the government,” Bonner said. “You can’t un-ring that bell. Everyone is going to say, ‘isn’t that the guy who had the extra-marital affair and had all those images?'”

Brooklyn Fed Judge Defies Prosecutors in Child Porn Case


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In Brooklyn, a federal judge is getting some attention for siding more with a man convicted on child pornography charges than with federal prosecutors.

The New York Times reports that U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein blew off prosecutor’s recommendation that defendant Pietro Polizzi, 57, of Queens get 11-14 years. On Thursday, the judge gave him the mandatory minimum of five years.

The Times wrote that Judge Weinstein “was compassionate toward the defendant, allowing him to remain free for two more months, and dismissive of the government’s efforts to get a longer sentence.”

Last year, in an interview with The New York Times, the judge said those who viewed pornography should not be treated the same as those who produce images.

”We’re destroying lives unnecessarily,” he said then. ”At the most, they should be receiving treatment and supervision.”

On Thursday, the judge responded to the government’s sentencing recommendation of 11-14 years, according to the Times, by saying: ”I find it grossly excessive. Therefore, a guideline sentence is not imposed.”

Federal prosecutors had asked that he be taken into custody immediately. The judge gave him eight weeks before he had to report to prison, the Times reported.

”Calling it a crime of violence for this purpose seems to me a strange treatment of language,” the judge said, according to the Times. ”It does seem to me to be a form of cruel and unusual punishment and punitive in nature.”

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Feds Indict Mi. Boy Scout Leader on Child Porn Charges

BSA1By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

If the office voice mail recording is any indication, damage control was in full swing this week at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp near Muskegon, Mich., where the director is behind bars, charged with possessing and distributing child pornography — including locker-room videotapes of boys at the YMCA where he worked as a pool safety instructor.

“I’m so very grateful for our great Scout leaders who are stepping up and letting folks know that the Boy Scouts of America is still a great organization doing great things for kids,” said the voice mail of Mike Sulgrove, Scout executive for the Gerald R. Ford Council, which oversees the camp, “and not to let the actions of one adult leader … ruin the great experiences so many of our children are having.”

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids indicted Scott Allan Herrick, 39, of Twin Lakes, Mich., on charges of sexually exploiting children and possessing and distributing child pornography. He was arrested in early July on a federal criminal complaint and jailed pending a court appearance on July 27.

Herrick’s arrest sent shock waves through western Michigan. He had been director of the camp for the past seven years.

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Obama’s Justice Dept. May Be Changing Course on Pornography Cases

hustlerWith all that’s going on in this country — terrorism threats, mortgage fraud, political corruption — it’s not a bad idea for the Justice Dept. to drop this as a high priority.

By Josh Gerstein
Politico

President Barack Obama’s Justice Department has quietly agreed to move a pornography prosecution out of socially conservative Montana to more urbane New Jersey – fueling perceptions by some attorneys that the new administration is stepping back from the aggressive approach the Bush administration took to prosecuting obscenity.

“This is a substantial change of position,” said Louis Sirkin, an attorney who has represented many in the pornography industry, including Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. “The new administration has come in there and made a new determination….It certainly is different than what we have seen in the past.”

“I think it has a lot to do with the change in administration,” said a former federal prosecutor, Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School. “It makes you wonder how far they were pushing the envelope before…..These cases are fraught with problems and are not a high priority.”

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