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41 Individuals Face Arrest for Sending Online Videos of Child Rape

Authorities have detained 41 individuals from New Jersey on charges of exchanging video films showing minors being raped over the net. These individuals include construction workers, students and a school volleyball referee, said Anne Milgram, Attorney General for New Jersey on October 4, 2007.

The arrests took place in 16 counties out of 21 in the state. They occurred after an investigation for two months by the law enforcement agencies under the leadership of the state police technology investigations unit, Ms. Miligram said. The New York Times reported this on October 4, 2007.

At a news conference, the Attorney General assured that the state was committed to fight against predatory behavior and child abuse. She added that there might be more arrests in future.

The arrested people are all males except for one, and these suspects are between 14 and 71 years of age. The detainees include a security guard, an elevator repairman, a construction worker, a salesman for cars, a chef and a deli owner. Four of the arrested are juvenile students.

Investigators used digital thumbprints to track down and locate the suspects. After gathering information for months, the police investigators of the state, and some from the county and local enforcement bodies all over New Jersey, started to issue search warrants to conduct the arrests during the past ten days.

A majority of the detainees faces charges of violating the 'Endangering the Welfare of a Child' law of the state. Investigators indicated that there could be additional charges based on materials from hard drives and various other equipments that were confiscated after the search. Nearly half of the suspects are blamed for possessing child pornography, and the other half charged for distributing and possessing such material.

The suspects distributed the videos and images through the frequently visited sites, Facebook.com and MySpace.com.

According to media reports, police are on the lookout for a man aged 37 years who raped a small girl of 3 years old in front of a video camera, and then posted the film online. However, it is not certain if the incident relates to the current investigations.

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