WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBW) - Two Western New Yorkers are among 72 suspects who are involved in a private, members only online bulletin board created to promote pedophilia, Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday.
Christopher Luke, 31, of School Street in Kenmore and Todd Stumpf, 59, of Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo are charged in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo.
Authorities said the men were part of an online community called Dreamboard.
"Dreamboard's members allegedly traded graphic images and videos of adults molesting young children, often violently, and created a massive private library of images of child sexual abuse," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
"Some of the children featured in these images and videos were just infants. And in many cases the children being victimized were in obvious and intentional pain," he added.
The investigation, called Operation Delego, began in December 2009. In order to be a member of Dreamboard, participants had to supply child porn.
Dreamboard had several levels of membership, much like airline frequent flyer programs.
"Membership status was upgraded for those who produced and shared their own child porn and videos," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"To give you an example a capture analysis of the forum revealed that the board may have been the vehicle for the distribution of up to 123 terabytes of child pornography. Which is roughly equivalent to nearly 16,000 DVDs," she said.
Luke and Stumpf are being held without bail and were transferred to Louisiana for prosecution.