By Erica Morse
Publisher, Victims News Online
Updated 10:00 a.m., Dec. 12, 2012
When Federal authorities announced the arrest of a woman Thursday being sought for distribution of child pornography, many breathed a sight of relief. However, some fear the woman may have at least one additional victim, based on information supplied to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as early as August.
On August 8th of this year, Victims News Online received a tip regarding the existence of child pornography on a FaceBook page. Dozens of photos were present on the page, which all included blatant acts of sexual abuse towards two children: one, a blonde-haired boy around the ages of four or five; the second, of a young female, perhaps around the age of seven or eight.
Within minutes, multiple reports were filed with NCMEC’s Cybertipline, and the page was reported to FaceBook for child exploitation. While FaceBook removed the page the following morning, no immediate details were released to the public about the existence of the child pornography or the persons responsible for the page. And when federal officials released the woman’s photo this week asking for the public’s assistance, it was based upon a tip to Federal officials from Danish authorities regarding a video distributed via the Internet. The release also referenced a male victim around the age of four or five; but nowhere in the release was the mention of a FaceBook page, the still images, or the possible female victim.
Victims News Online spoke, with NCMEC officials last night and this morning, and they have confirmed the existence of at least two reports filed on August 8th. A subsequent call to the ICE tip line this morning directed officials to these reports in the NCMEC system. Authorities confirmed the tip would be forwarded to officials heading up this case, and that it would be investigated.
“I’m fearful these two cases have not yet been connected,” said one person who filed the initial report on August 8th. “My concern is that they know about the video, but not about the images — and the other potential victim.”
Federal officials continue to seek information regarding this case, and encourage all tips to be called into authorities regarding the woman seen in the photos.
If you have any additional information regarding this case, please call the ICE Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423, or file a report online at www.ice.gov/tips/.