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This case smells like mine, only I didn’t have the courage to stick it out.

I arrived at an airport after a trip abroad.

I had 30+ condoms in my luggage.

That was “suspicious” so they took my computer out of view to search it.

They found “suspected child porn” that I created. It was 14 months until I saw the “suspicious” image. It was of my 25 year old ex girlfriend.

This gave them basis to do a deeper search on my computer. They found more than 100 but less than 200 images of “known child porn”. These were a few sets (of like 30 – 50 images each) of models from the website Met Art. (a well known, legal nude model website based in the US) The models were between 14 and 17 years old. The website claims all models are 18+ and claims to be in compliance.

According to all court documents submitted by the prosecutor, I was a child super-predator that was traveling the world raping kids. The judge was critical of every argument we put forth. The prosecutor said whatever he wanted without being questioned.

Did they know at the time you were an RSO ? I am fearful taking a lap top or even my iphone . What’s to prevent child porn showing up mysteriously as they are not our friend . Thanks for telling us what happened .

I wasn’t an RSO. That’s how I became one.

When the police came knocking at my door I had roughly 1,200 Met-Art photo archive .rar collection files (each with 300-500 photos) in my P2P download que. To my knowledge…all models on the met-art site were at least 18. Doing some math…it was probably somewhere around 350,000 images. Not sure if the Met-Art downloading is what put me on the radar or not. During their search investigators found 3 illegal files in my porn hoard of over 1.5TB. Police fabricated several statements in the police report to establish that I “knowingly” possessed CP. Took a polygraph to show/prove I never said those things. Didn’t matter…it was my word against theirs. Took a plea deal and now I’m enjoying a lifetime Price Club membership. Good times!

The NCMEC maintains a database of hashtags of “known child pornography”. From what I gathered in my case, the run my hard drive through “EnCase” software and it generated hashtags of images on my computer. They compared that list to the NCMEC list and they had 100+ hits. Those hits were all Met Art images.

If they only claimed 3 illegal images, I’m guessing they didn’t do a hash tag comparison. Or perhaps all of your files were post 2006. My lawyer who researched the issue found that Met Art’s “newer” models were being verified better. But they still have illegal models in their archives, and on Met Art affiliate sites. But I’m not going to go confirm that.

Wish I had known that some Met-Art stuff was considered CP before I started downloading hundreds of thousands of Met-Art photos. I had no idea any of it was illegal.

Looking at my police report they did mention the words “hash value”. In the same paragraph they list the file name which had obviously been altered to make it appear as though it was a video from a legal adult porn site. It included the name of an “actress” from that site, had the name of the site in the file name, as well as a number for the video (#66). Unfortunately…the video was CP. Video had nothing to do with the teenburg site, nor the actress listed in the file name. Somebody renamed the file and shared it over P2P. The renamed the file but the hash value was still the same…a CP video. This file is what they used to get a search warrant…as it was being shared from my computer that I had running 24/7 downloading porn from P2P. Of course the investigator that wrote up the police report would make no mention of the fact that the video that they used to obtain the search warrant (due to it’s hash tag value) had been renamed, altered so that somebody bulk downloading teenburg videos over P2P would end up with this video. They searched my 1.5TB porn hoard and located two additional files identified as CP. I never lied to investigators (polygraph would prove this). In return, they totally twisted my words and when that wasn’t enough…they made up statements that destroyed any defense I thought I had.

Nothing new or shocking.

Just because someone (regardless of who they are) says or writes something doesn’t mean it is true. An investigation based on flimsy claims will only be questioned if a checks and balances system exists for accountability on the part of the investigators. With criminal investigations there rarely are encouragements to seek alternative explanations when the current track is easy enough to legally hold up in front of a judge. In sex trafficking investigations things get more complicated when other countries are involved due to varying age of consent laws and sexual conduct laws. We in the United States like to be anything outside of our interpretation of acceptable must be horribly wrong, but this ultimately causes more harm than benefit.

Don’t get me started on child pornography operations and cases. Too much is being over looked or looked at incorrectly. Let’s just say 90+ percent of what is commonly talked about is false.

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