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Law Enforcement Officials Express Outrage Over Major Child Porn Bust

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"Absolutely horrific" is how authorities describe the images of child pornography found on hundreds of computers. Dozens of people have been arrested including officers, a clergy member and a boy scout leader—but the investigation isn't over. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Law enforcement officials say they are outraged.

"These are real children who have been abused, victimized and video taped for entertainment for an unfortunately large and twisted population," says Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson.

The arrest of 71 people charged with possessing and sharing child pornography over the internet is shocking.

Even more alarming, the investigation started when a police chief from Mount Pleasant in Westchester County and a Brooklyn Rabbi were busted for allegedly taking part in the viewing and sharing of the pornography of minors.

Authorities say many other educated and successful individuals in the city and nearby suburbs were committing the same crime, however.

"They worked as registered nurses, paramedics, caretakers for mentally-ill adults, computer programmers and architects. One was an airline pilot. One was a police officer," says Homeland Security Special Agent James Hayes.

A member of the NYPD, a police sergeant, was also busted along with a boy scout leader who was a little league coach.

Some of the very disturbing videos and photos had titles that promoted having sex with toddlers and pre teens.

"The terms may be uncomfortable to hear, but I believe downplaying the depravity of
this crime contributes to the increase of abuse and exploitation of children," Hayes says.

In this investigation with the department of homeland security, the NYPD and several other agencies, more than 600 pieces of computer equipment was confiscated.

They had tens of thousands of images of child pornography.

The only woman arrested is accused of taking pictures of her own son.

Some say calling it porn is misleading because the children can't consent to it.

"They feature defenseless children being repeatedly raped and/or sexually assaulted by adults. They are nothing more than video taped crime scenes watched by predators lurking in the shadows of the internet," says Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan.

This investigation is ongoing and more people are expected to be arrested.

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