Images Too Graphic to Describe

Twenty cases with one thing in common - the Internet

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    Investigators spent a month tracking child porn on the Internet, finding images considered too graphic to even describe, and eventually arresting two dozen people, most of them here in San Diego.

    Operation Artemis, as it was dubbed, has resulted in the arrests of 23 people in San Diego and one person in New Jersey.

    In making the announcement at a 10 a.m. news conference Friday, law enforcement from state, federal, and local agencies in San Diego County came together, saying they are sending a message that the exploitation of children will not be tolerated.

    Images Too Graphic to Describe

    [DGO] Images Too Graphic to Describe
    Investigators spent a month tracking child porn on the Internet, finding images considered too graphic to even describe, and eventually arresting two dozen people, most of them here in San Diego. Source: Images Too Graphic to Describe | NBC San Diego

    "The charges include possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, distribution of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, enticement of a minor, coercion and enticement of a minor and attempt," according to U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt.

    "The descriptions include still pictures and video of young children." Hewitt said. "The images unfortunately are too graphic for me to describe here, but I can tell you that some of the illegal images involved an infant being sexually abused and young toddlers being sexually abused."

    Other pictures involved young children being raped or adults committing anal sex on young children, Hewitt said. In five of the cases, children were bound and sexually abused.

    The following individuals are facing various charges:
    Samir Bebawy, 69, of La Mesa
    Jeffrey Lee McDaniel, 42, of La Mesa
    Richard Paul Shaw, 42, of Del Mar
    Timothy David McCracken, 27, of El Cajon
    Llewellyn Hartzog, 57 of Oceanside
    Javier Anastacio Morales, 29 of San Diego
    Cyril Michael Flavin, 50, of San Diego
    Jerry Lee Jennings, 69, of San Diego
    Jerome Welch, 65, of San Diego
    Kevin Gregan, 38, of San Diego
    Nicolas Piazza, 68, of San Diego
    Kim Alan Cousins, 47, of La Mesa
    Steven Wayne Bridgeman, 32, of San Diego
    Parish Lamont Goynes, 37, of San Diego
    Christopher T. Cleary, 36, of Annandale, NJ
    Charles A. Lipari, no age given, of San Diego
    Jaime E. Hernandez, 32, of San Diego
    Gustavo Garcia, 37, of El Centro
    Keith Anderson, 41, of San Diego
    James Dennis Wickline, 53, of San Diego

    Investigators are not sure who the victims in the images are or where they are located. The children could be from different parts of the world.

    "Unfortunately, too many people do not realize the real threat to kids online," she added. "Every time that kids log onto the Internet, even when children are home with their parents in the next room, they are at risk to predators."