NewsBits for December 17, 2004 ************************************************************ Man Sentenced For Producing Child Porn, Sex Abuse Federal and state prosecutors announced Friday the sentences for a man who has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and sex abuse charges. A federal judge sentenced Robert Dwayne South, 30, of Baltimore, Thursday to a federal punishment of 15 years imprisonment to be followed by a life term of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's offices. According to court documents released last October, city police officers responded to a report that South sexually abused a child, took digital pictures of the abuse and traded the pictures on the Internet. - - - - - - - - - - Girl, 13, 'groomed' with email and texts A TEACHING assistant who groomed a 13-year-old schoolgirl with e-mail and text messages before having sex with her has been jailed for three years. Jamie Gunn is one of the first people in the country to be sentenced under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced by the government to offer more protection to children. - - - - - - - - - - Man sentenced in largest Atlantic child-porn case A P.E.I. man, who was found with the largest collection of child pornography police had ever seen in Atlantic Canada, has been sentenced to two years in jail. On Friday, a Charlottetown judge sentenced Clay Meron, 35, on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. City police and the RCMP raided Meron's house and office, seizing four complete computer systems, one laptop computer and 64 hard drives. - - - - - - - - - - Scoutmaster jailed over 12,000 child porn images A SCOUTMASTER caught with more than 12,000 sickening child porn pictures on his computer was jailed for eight months. Stephen Dudley, 40, subscribed to paedophile sites from a computer at the home of his elderly parents. He amassed a collection showing children as young as seven being raped by adults in sadomasochistic poses. Dudley - leader of the 3rd Camberwell Scout Group - also emailed a picture of a young boy being abused to another internet pervert. - - - - - - - - - - Net child porn pervert jailed A MAN who downloaded more than 200 indecent photographs of children from the internet was jailed for six months yesterday. Police experts recovered the images from the hard drive of Jonathan David Lees' computer after officers raided his home in Zealand Park, Caergeiliog, near Holyhead, in August last year. - - - - - - - - - - Child-porn viewer avoids jail PSYCHOLOGIST James Anton Provan knew he had a problem. He was concerned he may have been a pedophile. The 38-year-old had written of his fantasies about pre-pubescent boys. He had downloaded an article from the internet titled Mind of a pedophile. And he had accessed child-porn websites and downloaded 114 sexually explicit photos of boys younger than 18 on his computer hard drive. The law caught up with him - but not before he had tried to rehabilitate himself. Provan had started psychiatric treatment about six months before he was arrested on September 27 this year as part of Operation Auxin, a nationwide police crackdown on internet child pornography.,4057,11715777%255E26462,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Scouts Canada suspends official facing child porn charge Scouts Canada has suspended one of its executive directors after the Edmonton man was charged with possession of child pornography. The 52-year-old head of the Northern Lights Council of Scouts Canada was charged after police investigated a complaint about sexually explicit pictures being stored on a personal computer. - - - - - - - - - - Teacher held on child porn charge A longtime Campbell elementary school district teacher was arrested this week after authorities allegedly found child pornography in his third- grade classroom and on his home computers, police said Thursday. Castlemont Elementary School teacher Christopher Casey, 44, surrendered to San Jose police Wednesday after detectives searched his classroom, where students had reported seeing inappropriate images on the teacher's computer the day before, said San Jose police spokesman Enrique Garcia. - - - - - - - - - - Notable Lawyer Indicted For Child Porn The former head of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association was indicted Wednesday on child porn charges. Rob Andrews faces two counts of pandering sexually oriented materials involving a minor, one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity materials, tampering with evidence, and attempted importuning. Andrews, 53, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Police said they executed a search warrant on Andrews' house and found numerous pornographic images on his computer. - - - - - - - - - - Cop admits to child porn possession A SYDNEY policeman yesterday pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, after claiming his main interest in surfing the net was to find images of 16-year-old girls. Marek Edward Tarnowski, 26, a police constable from Engadine in Sydney's south, was caught in September as part of Operation Auxin, the nation's biggest crackdown on child pornography.,4057,11712335%255E421,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Police finally track down child porn collector A collector of internet child porn evaded justice for two years because he moved out of his St John's Wood home. John White, 53, relocated to Notting Hill after police raided his property at Kingsmill House, Kingsmill Terrace, in December 2002. Police discovered 50 indecent images of children on his computer, but detectives were unable to charge White because they could not track him down to his new address. - - - - - - - - - - Child porn doctor can resume career A DISGRACED doctor, suspended for downloading sado- masochistic child porn, is being allowed to practise again. Dr Adrian Catterall, 44, narrowly avoided jail after he was caught with sickening images on his computer of children being tortured. The consultant gastro-enterologist who worked at Lister Hospital received a three-year community rehabilitation order and was placed on the sex offenders' register for five years at Cambridge Crown Court in May last year. - - - - - - - - - - Hacker raised the wages for himself and for colleagues A hacker having illegally accessed to the database of the one large Russian company in Tyumen has raised wages for himself and for several drivers of the shipping department. On December 2003 rate- fixer noticed the wages of two drivers distinctly increased. Chief of the department ordered to conduct the audit. Five drivers and 24 y.o. economist of the Division of Labor and Wages were suspected. - - - - - - - - - - Massive IE phishing exploit discovered Even SP2 versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are vulnerable to a spoofing exploit published yesterday. A vulnerability researcher posted details of a dangerous Internet Explorer (IE) flaw on Thursday that allows phishers to spoof Web sites more realistically than ever before.,39020375,39181466,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - MS plugs weak XP firewall Microsoft this week quietly fixed a security weakness in the configuration of the built-in firewall component of Windows XP. The firewall - turned on by default by XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) - can leave files open across the whole net if users choose to enable file and printer sharing, it transpires. - - - - - - - - - - Cisco cites security flaws Cisco Systems has warned customers of vulnerabilities in its communications software package and of a security tool that can be used by attackers to gain access to networks. On Wednesday, the company issued an advisory on its Web site, warning customers of the vulnerability that affects the Cisco Unity unified communications software package versions 2, 3 and 4. - - - - - - - - - - Patches slapped on serious PHP flaws Two software updates have been released to fix critical flaws that could allow an attacker to compromise servers using PHP, a programming language for Web pages. The PHP Group, a software developer community, issued versions 4.3.10 and 5.0.3 of PHP this week to remedy the problems in the major versions of the Web page-processing program. Santa flaws? Firms deal with holiday patches - - - - - - - - - - State launches battle against cyber crimes The state is launching a cyber crime-fighting initiative to help law enforcement get ahead of computer-based crimes whether it be detecting pornographic images embedded within otherwise innocuous pictures to extracting information from a suspect's Palm. "We have got to stay in front of this, in front of the criminal," state Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte said yesterday in asking about 45 state, local and federal officials to join her office in the statewide effort. - - - - - - - - - - Microsoft dodges anti-spyware charge accusations Microsoft has side-stepped allegations that it will charge customers to remove spyware that has infected Windows systems. Microsoft has failed to rebut claims it is planning to charge users to remove spyware from infected versions of Windows.,39020375,39181573,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Child porn's mob link Organized crime groups in Canada are moving in on the increasingly lucrative child pornography industry, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan says. Ms. McLellan, whose department includes the RCMP and CSIS, said the global nature of child exploitation means Canadian authorities are beginning to see trends similar to those in countries such as Italy and Japan, where organized crime has edged its way into the dissemination and production of juvenile pornography. - - - - - - - - - - Police given computer spy powers Federal and state police now have the power to use computer spyware to gather evidence in a broad range of investigations after legal changes last week. The Surveillance Devices Act allows police to obtain a warrant to use software surveillance technologies, including systems that track and log keystrokes on a computer keyboard. The law applies to the Australian Federal Police and to state police investigating Commonwealth offences. - - - - - - - - - - Offender tracking system helps Va. county save big Law enforcement officials in Roanoke County, Va., have gone into the bracelet business, but hold the cubic zirconia. These arent the kind of accessories that will impress friends at a holiday party. The county sheriffs department is using a potent mix of technologies including global positioning systems, ankle bracelet transmitters and Microsofts MapPoint digital mapping software to track the whereabouts of people who have been arrested for such nonviolent crimes as petty larceny and driving-related offenses. - - - - - - - - - - 'We know you're in there!' - x-ray drug powers for UK police The Home Office's collection of tough-sounding but pointless laws continues to grow, despite the departure of David Blunkett mid-week. Today's addition is the Drugs Bill, which includes proposals to give police powers to order ultrasound or x-ray examinations of "dealers who swallow their drugs to conceal the evidence." *********************************************************** Search the Archive at: *********************************************************** The source material may be copyrighted and all rights are retained by the original author/publisher. The information is provided to you for non-profit research and educational purposes. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however copies may not be sold, and NewsBits ( should be cited as the source of the information. Copyright 2000-2004,, Campbell, CA.