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UPDATE: Granger man pleads guilty as part of child pornography bust

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Courtesy: Department of Homeland Security Courtesy: Department of Homeland Security
Courtesy: Department of Homeland Security Courtesy: Department of Homeland Security

A man from Granger is among fourteen men accused of operating and receiving child pornography from a website. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says the arrests follow one of the largest online child exploitation investigations in the history of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The pornography ring allegedly victimized more than 250 minors in thirty-nine states and 5 foreign countries.  "The underground website was a hidden service board on the Tor network and operated from about June 2012 until June 2013, at which time the site contained more than 2,000 videos and had more than 27,000 members," said Homeland Security in a statement.

Among those charged was 29-year-old Andrew Korpal of Granger.

According to court documents, Korpal received explicit videos depicting sexual exploitation of minors from Jonathan Johnson of Abita Springs, Louisiana. Investigators say Johnson was the primary administrator of the site. Officials say he admitted to creating multiple fake female personas on popular social networks to target and sexually exploit children, and coached others to do the same.

Court documents say federal investigators executed a warrant on Korpal's home in Granger in November of last year.

Court documents show Korpal pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of receipt of child pornography and is scheduled to be sentenced in June. According to plea deal documents, he could face 5 to 20 years in prison under federal guidelines. The documents say Korpal will also have to register as a sex offender and agrees to submit to interviews with law enforcement when requested.

Johnson, who has been in federal custody since June of 2013, is charged with operating a child exploitation enterprise.

Twelve other men have also been charged in the bust.

  • Daniel Nolan Devor, 39, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
  • John C. Foster, 44 of Tipp City, Ohio, charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors
  • Aung Gaw aka Michael Gaw, 25, of Fremont, Calif.,  charged with receipt of child pornography
  • Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography
  • Sean Jabbar, 32, of Minneapolis, Minn.,  charged with receipt of child pornography
  • Christopher Jamieson, 30, of Douglassville, Ga., charged with receipt of child pornography
  • Andrew Korpal, 29, of Granger, Ind., charged with receipt of child pornography
  • Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Wash., charged with receipt of child pornography
  • Christopher Schwab, 25 of New Orleans, charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography
  • Stanley Zdon, III, 27, of Tuckerton, N.J., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography
  • Roy Naim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, attempted sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography
  • Minh Vi Thong, 30, of Denver, Colo., charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography
  • Michael Eales, 24, of Westby, Wis., charged with production of child pornography. Officials say he was sentenced Oct. 29, 2013, to serve two concurrent 30-year terms in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for manufacturing child pornography.

"Our agency is seeing a growing trend where children are being enticed, tricked and coerced online by adults to produce sexually explicit material of themselves. While we will continue to prioritize the arrest of child predators, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem: education is the key to prevention," said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale.

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