CNET posts a fascinating and, perhaps, alarming story about an FBI sting operation targeting online child pornography. Reporter Declan McCullagh writes:
"The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting
hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and
then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them.
Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year."
The sting bait certainly was grotesque: according to a March 27, 2007 filing in the indictment of Pennsylvania resident Roderick Vosburgh, accessed through PACER, the FBI agents concocted the following lure:
"here is one of my favs - 4yo hc with dad
(toddler, some oral, some anal) - supercute!
Haven't seen her on the board beforeif
anyone has anymore, PLEASE POST"
As McCullagh notes, the operation also raises questions about potential entrapment; although, in the post-trial filings for acquital filed by Vosburgh's current attorney Anna M. Durbin, and reviewed by Suits & Sentences via PACER, the entrapment issue doesn't appear to arise.