Child Pornography Investigation Leads to Local Arrests

According to authorities an investigation that began with the January arrest of former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography, led to the arrest of at least seventy people from the New York City area, including a Rockland Boy Scout leader, a nurse at Westchester Medical Center, an architect, an airline pilot, and a mother using her young child to film inappropriate acts. The full list of arrests has not been released yet, and Special Agent James Hayes with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency stated that the majority of those on it are well educated and successful. At a conference on Wednesday authorities stated the investigation completed with help from Rockland and Putnam District Attorney’s offices, Rockland Sheriff’s office, and Spring Valley, Suffern, Haverstraw, Carmel, and Kent Police Departments resulted in the discovery of a computer file sharing program, on which people were sending and receiving child pornography, seizing at least 600 computers and other devices with images stored to them. Jonathan Silber from Suffern, who is a volunteer Boy Scout leader and Little League coach, was arrested on May 9 at his home and was charged with possession of child pornography. Though he was around young children often no abuse has been reported.

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