January 2008

A Peer-2-Peer investigation culminated in the arrest of a 55-year old City of Binghamton man. On January 24th the New York State Police, with the assistance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, executed a search warrant on the subject’s residence.

During the course of an interview the subject acknowledged that he had been utilizing peer-2-peer networks to distribute child pornography. The 55-year old also revealed that he was being paid between $500 and $1000 a month to house foreign exchange students during the course of the school year.

The subject admitted to having between 10 and 15 students during the last eight years and admitted to having forcibly touched at least one student and having what he described as an inappropriate relationship with many.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents arrested the subject on scene and turned him over to the U.S. Marshal Service for detainment. A 15-year old exchange student was removed from the house by Child Protective Services to be interviewed.

An initial review of digital materials seized from the suspect’s residence revealed over 900 images of child pornography. ICE Agents are currently in the process of locating the other foreign exchange students who were placed in this home.

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