A Fort Myers High School employee has been arrested—for allegedly trying to trade child pornography for a tattoo. 34-year-old William Lane was arrested over the weekend after a local tattoo artist contacted law enforcement about the proposed swap. The trade allegedly occurred in an AOL-Fort Myers chat room. Members of the FBI’s “Innocent Images Task Force” executed a federal search warrant at Lane’s residence – where they discovered more than 4-thousand images of children ages 6 to 16—engaged in sex acts. The task force includes members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Immigration and Customs. FBI Special Agent John Kuchta says the task force goes undercover to combat child porn. He says its focus is the Internet.
“It’s a target-rich environment to meet children to exploit, and also to trade child pornographic images. When the program started I think there were like maybe 10-million people online…the latest statistics, you know 8 out of 10 school age children have access to the Internet now, either thru school or home or library connections.”
The Innocent Images Task Force was formed in 1995 – after a kidnapping case in which a child was lured… then killed…by a sexual predator. Undercover agents visit chat rooms, newsgroups and websites. William Lane is an interpreter for deaf students at Fort Myers High. If convicted, he faces 5 to 20 years in prison.
Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:00