Peoria man sent to prison for child porn ring involvement

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by Tyler Baldwin

azfamily.com

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 13 at 8:44 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. – Peoria resident David Dean, 43, is the eighth and final person from “Operation Goodbye” to be sentenced.

David Hickton, U.S. attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania, described the images detectives found while working on the investigation.

"They were sharing horrific almost indescribable violent images of sexual assaults against young children," he said.

Dean received 15 years in prison and a lifetime of federal supervision for his part in an international child porn and exploitation ring.

Often calling themselves the “Boy Lovers Inner Circle,” this group used the social media site multiply.com to upload and share pictures and videos of children being raped or tortured.

"The Internet has made these rings much more sophisticated," said John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "It has fueled an increasing demand for more violent images, for more sexually explicit images.”

Dean went by the user name “tinkertrain.” Within a two-month span during 2008, he uploaded close to 170 files of child pornography. Some of the pictures included girls as young as 2 years old.

"Two to 4 years old, it’s just hard to imagine a deeper depravity than that,” Morton said.

Although sentenced in Pennsylvania, Dean is a trucker from Peoria. 3TV knocked on the door of his last known address and talked to family members who live there, but they refused to go on camera.

"Shocking, shocking, can’t believe that, that's so close to home," said Michael Cancelli, a parent who lives down the street. "You don’t expect that to be this close when you have kids."

Cancelli felt the 15-year sentence Dean got wasn’t long enough.

"Very disturbing, I can't believe it," he said. "I am just in shock."

The other seven busted during “Operation Goodbye” received anywhere from seven to 17 years in prison.

The victims were from overseas and from several states here in the U.S., including Pennsylvania and Virginia.
 

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