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FBI investigates unsealed child porn case

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into child pornography.  Documents recently unsealed in the District Court show that the feds were able to track down sexually explicit content involving minors to a home in Dededo.

While thousands of island residents use the Internet numerous times a day, they may often forget that what they're looking at and the information they seek and download can be tracked. Through an IP address, law enforcement authorities can track down where information is sent or received.

This past February, the feds obtained an administrative subpoena from MCV. In April a search warrant was executed at 153 Banyan Street in Latte Heights, the home of Efren and Hermina Cruz.  According to court documents, based on the IP addresses federal authorities were able to obtain, someone in the home received and transmitted images of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts on eight different occasions beginning in November of 2009.

In April of this year a warrant was executed at the Cruz home, where agents seized a Toshiba laptop, a Macbook, a Sony Vaio, 7 digital cell phones, 5 digital cameras, 2 Playstations, VHS and 8mm tapes and numerous DVDs.  Court documents also state that an Aristides C. Cruz also resides at the residence.  In Pune the Playstations, cell phones and cameras were returned, as the FBI noted that there was no contraband found on the devices.  In August the feds sought additional time to conduct forensics examinations of the remaining items that were seized.

Just last week the feds reported to the court that the laptops, one Playstation 3 and a portable hard drive, did in fact contain contraband but the affidavit provided to the federal judge did not provide specifics. 

It's important to note that while the investigation is ongoing, to date no one has been charged in the case.

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