MO Concert Promoter Aids Federal Child Porn Crackdown

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Missouri’s federal prosecutors are reinforcing the battle against an “epidemic” of online child pornography, in an effort funded in part by St. Louis concert promoter and philanthropist Steven Schankman, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He donated $100,000 toward the estimated $600,000 annual budget to help provide a more coordinated attack. Schankman said it had little or nothing to do with federal charges that sent his son, Jason, to prison in April for almost 16 years for producing and receiving child pornography. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway told Steven Schankman she could not work with him on the project while his son’s case was open.

The FBI is planning to bear down on pornographers who use “peer-to peer” file-sharing networks that are commonly used to share music. Several cases where child pornographers used the Kazaa network have been prosecuted in federal court in Kansas City. A Web site, INOBTR.com, pronounced “I know better,” will debut in January to provide information to children, parents, teachers and law enforcement.

Link: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/F8368615AEE5895986

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