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Aug 15 2011

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Global Child Porn to be Tried in Shrevport, LA – 53 of 62 Arrested are From America – Why is This in Louisiana??

Posted: Aug 04, 2011 12:39 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 05, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

By Fred Childers – bio | email

 72 defendants charged in 3 indictments and 1 complaint

72 defendants charged in 3 indictments and 1 complaint

 The case will be prosecuted at the Federal District Court in Shreveport

The case will be prosecuted at the Federal District Court in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –

“For the children they victimized this was nothing short of a nightmare,” said Attorney General, Eric Holder from a news conference in Washington D.C.

The AG was describing a web site called Dreamboard – an online community of 500 members worldwide that reportedly openly promoted pedophilia.

The members reportedly adhered to strict rules of membership that rewarded those who provided original child porn.

“In order to be a member of the Dreamboard site you actually had to provide child pornography and that was a way they would elude law enforcement because law enforcement does not provide child porn,” said Alec VanHook, a U.S. prosecutor in Shreveport.

72 people from around the country and around the world have been indicted on child porn charges. They’ll face justice at the federal court house in downtown Shreveport. Some will be extradited from foreign countries.

“We have extradition treaties with other countries, we work with the office of international affairs to bring defendants in from other countries. And do what we can go get them back here,” said VanHook.

Out of the 72 indicted 62 have been arrested, 9 of those have been arrested from other countries.

“And because Dreamboard members have been arrested on five continents and 14 different countries I believe we are also sending a strong message to those willing to harm and to exploit children,” said Holder.

The reason the defendants are coming to Shreveport: The one computer it all allegedly originated from belonged to Edward Oedwaldt from Arcadia.

His geographical location is what put this world-wide case in the Western District of Louisiana.

“There was one defendant that was located in our district that was a very high level VIP member of the Dreamboard web page, and from there law enforcement was able to identify other members of the site,” said VanHook.

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