UPDATE: Child sex groups horrific practices
August 19, 2008
A federal agent said today that a like-minded group which included San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Goossens and 51 others shared “very disturbing and graphic” images of children depicting bestiality and bondage.
Calling the evidence “horrific,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jorge Guzman told UncoveredSLO.com that 26 children, aged 2 to 17, have been removed from “dangerous environments” by appropriate family and child services officials.
FBI agents Monday arrested Goossens; postal employee Jeremy Neubauer of Nipomo; and Bryan Arnold of Grover Beach, for their alleged involvement in the group.
Utilizing Internet peer-to-peer software such as LimeWire, the suspects exchanged materials that Guzman found difficult to discuss: “There is no word to describe this,” he said. “Infants with umbilical cords attached being sexually abused or penetrated. You can’t imagine how horrific these are.”
Guzman also said the software may be making the pictures available to other children.
“A lot of kids use these programs to share files,” said Guzman. “It has not been uncommon [for investigators] to go to a residence and find that a child had inadvertently captured these images, then continued to go back.”
Federal officials said those arrested this week also included a teacher and an attorney.
“It is unfortunate that a lot of families have suffered from this,” Guzman added. “This is about protecting children.”
Child pornography convictions carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, unless one has been previously convicted of a prior child exploitation crime.
The arrests are the result of a coordinated multi-agency task force of local and federal agencies led by ICE and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “which received extensive assistance from a number of other agencies” including the United States Secret Service and local law enforcement.