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72 charged in federal child porn bust

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A Cohoes man is one of 72 charged in an international sting against child pornography. The now busted network was rooted online through a site called Dreamboard. Our Erin Vannella reports.

COHOES, N.Y. -- "The board may have been the vehicle for the distribution of up to 123 terabytes of child pornography, which is roughly equivalent to 16,000 DVDs," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

It's all evidence now in federal hands to support indictments against 72 individuals on five continents. The Department of Homeland Security calls Operation Delago its largest child porn bust in history, breaking up a private, members-only online bulletin board.

"It promoted the sexual abuse of children under 12, infants," said Napolitano. "It promoted the creation and dissemination of graphic child pornography all over the world. It used internal and external security measures to preserve its ongoing child exploitation image sharing. Foreign membership required uploading pornography images of children under 12-years-old."

Federal law enforcement launched the operation in 2009. To date, they've arrested 52 people in 14 countries, one of whom calls Cohoes home.

"Foreign countries where arrests have been made include Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, the Netherlands, Philippines, Qatar, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland," said USDOJ Attorney General Eric Holder.

Federal officials say the operation is a work in progress. Lisa Smith, Director of a Sexual Assault and Crime Victim Assistance Program locally says the announcement is an opportunity to open lines of communication at home.

"What we tell kids is, if someone tries to touch them inappropriately or make them touch themselves, follow these rules. Say no, tell them to get away and tell someone and keep telling them until they're believed," said Smith. "This is safety for your body and there are rules. And everybody needs to follow these rules."

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