Bloomington man arrested in child porn operation

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CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) announced charges Jan. 22 against a Bloomington man on multiple counts of allegedly distributing child pornography as part of “Operation Glass House,” her statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

Madigan’s investigators and the Bloomington Police Department arrested David R. Mariani, 30, after executing a search warrant at his residence Wednesday, Jan. 21. Mariani was charged in McLean County with 10 counts of distribution of child pornography, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison. A bond hearing was set for 1 p.m., Jan. 22.

These offenders perpetuate the sexual assault of children when these horrific files are spread across the Internet,” Madigan said. “Their criminal acts only cause further devastation to the lives of innocent victims.”

Operation Glass House has netted a total of 74 arrests since 2010, the year Madigan launched the initiative to investigate and arrest offenders trading child pornography online. The operation’s investigations are conducted by Madigan’s High Tech Crimes Bureau and have revealed a disturbing community of criminals who are trading and viewing extremely violent videos of children as young as infants being raped and abused.

The Bloomington operation was assisted by the Bloomington Police Department. The McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.

This crime doesn’t recognize county or state boundaries, so we appreciate the cooperative work of the Attorney General’s Office to help local government go after child predators here in McLean County or anywhere else that we may find them,” said McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers.

Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner said: “We are always working diligently to protect our citizens, in particular to protect our community against these atrocious crimes.”

In addition to Operation Glass House, Madigan leads the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Task Force investigates child exploitation crimes and trains local and county level law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois to do the same. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC task force has been involved in 893 arrests of sexual predators. The task force has also provided Internet safety training and education to more than 400,000 parents, teachers and students, and more than 18,500 law enforcement professionals.

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

2 thoughts on “Bloomington man arrested in child porn operation

  • January 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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    I hope this is posted on the wall of every police station, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), United States Marshals Service (USMS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Secret Service (USSS), the European Police Office (Europol), and the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO or INTERPOL).

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    Anyone who takes away the INNOCENCE of a child is wrong. A childhood should be filled with love, caring, respect, and above all; INNOCENCE.
    – Adults should act like ADULTS.
    – An adult does not pose a child in a provocative way to be photographed.
    – An adult does not spy on a child and photograph or videotape them secretly.
    – An adult does not go online to lure, tempt, seduce, or stalk a child.
    – An adult does not inveigle a child to come with them and leave their home space.
    – An adult does not do anything sexual with a child.
    – An adult does not confuse a child about what love is. This also applies to sons, daughters, stepsons, stepdaughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, or ANY child. {A child (also called a minor) is anyone under 18 years old}.

    – Photographing or videotaping any minor being sexual VIOLATES that minor and produces “CHILD ABUSE IMAGERY” (formerly known as child porn).
    – “Child abuse imagery” is evidence of a CRIME.
    – VIEWING the crime is a CRIME.
    – And viewing the crime RE-violates that child.
    – And SHARING the crime is a CRIME.
    – And SHARING the crime RE-violates that child.
    – Even VIEWING a “sexual selfie” of a minor is a CRIME. (photos AND videos)
    – And viewing the crime RE-violates that child.
    – And SHARING the crime is a CRIME.
    – And SHARING the crime RE-violates that child.

    You DON’T have the RIGHT to violate the privacy, chastity, and dignity of a child.

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    I am old and wise. I am retired and a philanthropist. I hope and pray to reach the conscience of the pedophile out there… Our desires don’t force us to act. We are free to choose our own course of action… Maybe I can prevent a child from being exploited or even sexually assaulted today. I wrote this methodized and perspicuous comment about crime because I am taking different things that people in law enforcement have said about this scourge, and I am using my English degree to spell it out from beginning to end, so those few bad apples can read it. If I can save one child, I have done a good deed. :-)

  • January 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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    While not proposing to pass judgment on the alleged behaviors in this news report, do people generally have a rational understanding of the nature and objective effects of “child pornography,” or are their views colored by ignorance, superstition, hate, and hysteria? According to several studies, including Howitt, D (1995) Pornography and the paedophile: Is it criminogenic? British Journal of Medical Psychology, 68, 15-27, the viewing of this material is harmless and does not lead to behaviors which are currently considered to be criminal. Many – perhaps most – of those charged with possessing and viewing so-called “child pornography” have never been involved with a child. Also, the conjecture that all “pornography” is taken without consent is not borne out by empirical facts, and the delusion that children are hurt every time their image is viewed simply is not rational – the child most likely never knows about such viewings. For an in depth discussion of this subject in a scientific journal, see http://www.shfri.net/effects/effects.cgi

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