Web Porn Teen: Feds Too Slow In Pursuing Pedophiles

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Justin Berry, who for five years starred in his own webcam child pornography business, contended to a House committee yesterday that the Justice Department is moving too slowly to round up 1,500 pedophiles whose information he provided last year, the Associated Press reports. “I believed that the government would protect the children being abused. I believed they would act quickly,” Berry, now 19, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I was wrong.”

Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra disputed that conclusion. He cited a threefold increase in federal prosecutions of child pornography and abuse cases nationally over the past decade. The unit investigating Berry’s case has seen its workload increase 450 percent in the last four years. The committee will hear from the Justice Department and other federal agencies tomorrow. Berry’s story of a lonely teenager who sought friends on the Internet and ended up growing rich attracting pedophiles was reported in December by the New York Times after a six-month investigation.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-04-04-child-porn_x.htm

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