5 Charged in Child Porn Case
DALLAS (AP) _ A federal grand jury has indicted two U.S. residents, two Indonesians and a Russian in an alleged scheme to distribute child pornography on the Internet.
U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins said Thursday’s indictments were the first ever to ``target foreign webmasters and their corrupt co-conspirators in the United States.″
The panel returned 87 counts against the five, including charges of sexual exploitation of minors and distribution of child pornography.
Named in the indictments were Thomas Reedy, 37, and his wife Janice Reedy, 31, both of Fort Worth; R.W. Kusuma and Hanny Ingganata, both of Indonesia, and Boris Greenberg of Russia.
The Reedys’ home-based business, Landslide Inc., also was indicted.
The Reedys were arrested Wednesday. The overseas residents are not in custody. Coggins said he would attempt to extradite them but would not say if authorities in Indonesia and Russia were cooperating.
The maximum penalty for each count is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The government alleges that Landslide provided a credit card verification service that was an electronic gateway for subscribers to access photos and movies at Web sites operated by Kusuma, Greenberg and Ingganata. The images depicted children from ages 4 to 12 engaging in sexual acts.